Ross Barkley and Tammy Abraham are set to be part of a significant clear-out at Chelsea this summer and West Ham are reportedly looking to pounce for both England internationals.
There is a long list of players available for transfer from Stamford Bridge this summer, with the likes of Emerson Palmieri, Fikayo Tomori, Olivier Giroud, Davide Zappacosta and Tiemoue Bakayoko all looking certain to leave.
Thomas Tuchel has shown little or no faith in Tammy Abraham since arriving at Chelsea in January and will be looking for a new club, while Ross Barkley is unlikely to have done enough on loan at Aston Villa to catch the eye of the German.
Barkley started brightly for Villa but tailed off significantly and had a very quiet second half of the season on his loan spell.
Surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, both Abraham and Barkley will have plenty of suitors, with West Ham interested in both men.
The Daily Mail report that the Hammers are keen to bring in the pair, but both deals could prove difficult.
Chelsea want around £40m for Abraham, an asking price which West Ham are unlikely to meet, while the Hammers would prefer a loan move for Barkley to a permanent one.
While negotiations will have to take place, both players will want to move and secure more first team football than Chelsea can offer, so transfers are likely.
Aston Villa and Wolves have also been linked with moves for Abraham, although the Villains are unlikely to try and make Barkley’s loan deal permanent, so his options appear more limited.
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Tuchel has explained that he is looking for just two or three signings this summer, with an already massive squad at Chelsea and one that won the Champions League this season.
However, with chances already limited, the arrival of any more midfielders or strikers would surely spell the end for Abraham and Barkley.
‘Two or three [signings] could be very, very good,’ Tuchel said. ‘We don’t need another seven. But we have some ideas to make the group stronger.’
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