Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham has agreed to join Swansea City on loan, with his agent finalising details for a move that will reunite the 19-year-old striker with his former youth team manager Paul Clement.
Abraham, who is poised to lead the line for England on Thursday against Poland in their final group stage match at the European Under-21 Championship, was keen to test himself in the Premier League after scoring 23 league goals on loan at Bristol City last season.
The promoted sides Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United were also interested in taking him on loan, having been impressed with his performances in the Championship, but it is understood that the south London-born player preferred the option of working under Clement, who was once his coach at Chelsea’s youth academy.
His arrival is not believed to have any impact on the future of Swansea’s top scorer last season, Fernando Llorente, with Clement keen to retain the Spain international, despite Chelsea’s attempts to sign him in the January transfer window.
Abraham, whose contract at Stamford Bridge expires in 2019, is expected to be offered improved terms before departing the club for his second loan spell, with Chelsea keen to see how he progresses at a higher level.
The striker impressed in England’s comeback win over Slovakia on Monday, playing a large part in Nathan Redmond’s winning goal, which ensured a win over the hosts will guarantee his side a place in the last four.
He took part in a light training session on Wednesday as Aidy Boothroyd’s squad prepare for their third match, having drawn 0-0 with Sweden in the opener last Friday.
Abraham had suggested his future would not be resolved until after the tournament but with England now hopeful of booking a place in Tuesday’s semi-finals, Swansea were keen to wrap up a deal as quickly as possible.
“[Last season] was more about focusing on myself and trying to build up myself,” he said. “The players at Chelsea are established in the Premier League and this was my first season. I was trying to build myself up and make a name for myself. After this season I need to take myself to the next level.
“That’s the type of person I am, I always want to do better. I always want to do more. So going into the new season my aim will be to top this one.”