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Reporter says Chelsea fans should ‘keep an eye’ on striker return

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Chelsea are likely to chase a new striker in 2024 and Tammy Abraham is one name which won’t go away even despite an injury.

Roma hitman Tammy Abraham continues to be mentioned for a potential return to Chelsea despite being out at the moment.

That is according to 90Min reporter Graeme Bailey, who has been speaking on the Talking Transfers podcast.

Chelsea have brought in a new manager in Mauricio Pochettino, but their goalscoring problems continue.

The Blues have managed just five goals in their five Premier League games this season – and three of them came in one game.

Chelsea have now drawn two blanks in a row against Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth, which isn’t exactly the form of a top four contender.

Todd Boehly has invested eye-watering money into Chelsea and yet they still can’t seem to find attacking fluency.

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Tammy Abraham return to Chelsea mooted

Brentford ace Ivan Toney has been linked but Bailey noted a persistent rumour he keeps hearing – a return for Tammy Abraham.

Bailey told fans to keep an eye on Abraham as he could be lined up for a return to Stamford Bridge in 2024.

“The one I do hear keep getting linked and, he’s injured now, but keep an eye on Tammy Abraham possibly returning there,” said Bailey. “I think Tammy is better than Toney personally – not much in it, granted,” he added.

Abraham is currently out injured having torn his anterior cruciate ligament in Roma’s final game of last season.

That means Abraham may not be back in action until early 2024, making an expensive January deal seem risky.

Chelsea may need to wait until summer if they want Abraham back, but Pochettino may not feel that he can wait that long to find a new goalscorer.

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Romelu Lukaku could aid Abraham chase

We can only imagine that Abraham would fancy a return to Chelsea having spent many years coming up through their ranks.

First-team football is vital though; Abraham left Chelsea in 2021 in search of regular playing time and he would surely be reluctant to return if he’s going to play second fiddle.

Abraham does present an interesting option though and Romelu Lukaku could be vital here.

The Belgian hitman is completely unwanted at Chelsea and has been loaned out to Roma in order to cover for Abraham’s injury.

If Lukaku impresses, Chelsea may well be able to use him as a bargaining chip in a deal for Abraham.

Lukaku still has nearly three years left on his Chelsea deal but with no route back to first-team action, a swap for Abraham could suit everyone in 2024.

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