Tammy Abraham is widely expected to spend the coming season on loan at Swansea City, where he will fill the void left by the departure of Bafetimbi Gomis.
Abraham has been at Chelsea since linking up with their youth system as a seven-year-old way back in 2004, and he played twice in their Premier League campaign of 2015-16. He spent last season on loan at Bristol City in the Championship, where he impressed by scoring 23 goals in 41 Championship appearances kept the Robins in the second-tier by just three points.
Many feel the forward is now ready to prove his salt in the top-flight on a regular basis, but at the age of just 19, it was always going to be unlikely that this would come at Stamford Bridge just yet. However, the Blues rate him highly enough to tie him to a new contract worth £50,000-per-week, and they will also send him on loan so he can continue his rapid development.
Newcastle United, back in the Premier League after winning the Championship last season, were keen to take Abraham, but they will miss out to Swansea for his signature. Paul Clement’s side were involved in a relegation battle last term but are determined to make a better fist of it this time round, and are willing to give the youngster an important role in their quest for improvement.
Abraham will likely replace Gomis in the squad, after the former France international completed a £2.5million move to Galatasaray. The 31-year-old, who scored 17 goals in 71 appearances in all competitions for the Liberty Stadium club, spent last season on loan at Marseille were he notched 21 goals in 34 outings. He has penned a two-year contract in Istanbul.
Meanwhile, Clement is also closing on the £11million capture of Las Palmas midfielder Roque Mesa. The 28-year-old central midfield player had one of the best pass completion rate in the whole of La Liga last season, ensuring 91.4 percent of his passes reached its intended destination. His move to Swansea will result in his current employers netting a club record fee for a sale.