The Chronicle wrote and interesting piece on the strikers Benitez may turn to over the next few weeks and a name from last summer continues to resurface for Newcastle – Tammy Abraham.
One line that stood out was details of Chelsea’s alleged asking price, with Mark Douglas confirming that Chelsea value Abraham at ‘around £15m‘.
As we know, he’s a player Rafa very nearly signed last summer (albeit on loan), but this seems a VERY reasonable fee for a young English striker who has clear potential.
With talks over Rondon continuing to rumble on, it looks like Rafa wants two strikers in as of course, he has the budget constraints of Mike Ashley to contend with. Perhaps NUFC are trying to loan Rondon as we couldn’t loan Abraham (rules stipulate only one player is allowed on loan from the same club and we already loaned Kenedy).
A permanent deal for Abraham may make a lot of sense, especially from Ashley’s perspective, which is key. He’s clearly after sell on value and player whose price tags won’t just depreciate and Abraham ticks both those boxes. £15m isn’t cheap, but he’s one of England’s top young strikers and someone he’ll know could be worth double that price after a good season or two in the Premier League.
Given the time it’s taking to sign Rondon it’s quite clear that Ashley’s reluctant to pay £16.5m plus for a player nearing his 30’s (turns 29 in September), so maybe Abraham is an option that will appeal to Ashley financially and Benitez from a footballing perspective – we all know how keen Benitez was to secure his services last summer.
Abraham didn’t set the Premier League alight last season at Swansea but a move could be a good option for Newcastle, especially under the financial restrictions Ashley continues to enforce. What would you make of Abraham arriving this summer? Would him and Rondon be better than Gayle and Mitrovic?