Aston Villa transfer news: Villa has loaned Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe | Football news

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Aston Villa are interested in loaning Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe.

Both Abraham and Tuanzebe have played on loan at Villa as Dean Smith’s side was promoted to the Premier League following the 2018-19 championship.

After Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in January, Abraham was given limited opportunities to make the Chelsea first team, but still finished last season as the club’s top scorer alongside Timo Werner.

Chelsea would rather sell Abraham than send him on loan, and he is believed to value the 23-year-old at around £ 40m, with Arsenal also interested in signing the English forward.

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Tammy Abraham was one of Chelsea’s top scorers with 12 goals last season

With Abraham’s current contract at Stamford Bridge expiring until 2023, the club will be looking to renew if they allow him to go on loan for the upcoming campaign.

Chelsea received an offer to sign Romelu Lukaku for £ 85m, which was turned down by Inter Milan, and the acquisition of a new striker appears to be Tuchel’s priority during the summer transfer window.

Villa boss Smith is highly respected by Abraham, who has scored 26 goals in 40 starts during his loan at the club.

Manchester United Defender Axel Tuanzebe (AP)
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Axel Tuanzebe made 19 appearances for Manchester United last season

Tuanzebe, who has loaned Villa twice, is in a similar situation as United seek to renew his contract before allowing him to enter a temporary deal again.

The 23-year-old’s current contract expires next summer, but United have the option to extend it until 2023.

United’s ability at center-back will be further enhanced by the signing of Real Madrid’s Rafael Varane, potentially diminishing the opportunities for Tuanzebe’s academic product.

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