AS Roma are looking to raise some money to go after targets in the summer market, and that means selling some of their players.

Chief among them is Tammy Abraham, with Roma long believing they’d be able to send him back to the Premier League at the time of their choosing. Thursday’s edition of Gazzetta dello Sport reports Aston Villa had ‘practically agreed’ a €40m deal ahead of the summer 2023 window, but the player then suffered a cruciate ligament injury.

Unai Emery’s side, West Ham, Tottenham and Everton are all credited with interest by the Italian newspaper. However, it’s felt a return to Aston Villa is the likelier scenario as it stands, along with West Ham.

That’s perhaps wishful thinking on behalf of Roma, and there certainly doesn’t seem anything serious coming from an Aston Villa perspective right now.

After his return from injury, Abraham managed just over 300 minutes, with a goal and an assist. He hasn’t completed a full match yet since the injury, and it would be wild for any of the above clubs to significantly invest in a permanent transfer.

The 26-year-old has a contract running until 2026. Despite Roma’s desire for a big permanent move, and despite the Italian media engaging in potential wishful thinking on their behalf, if they want him gone they’re surely going to have to consider a loan.