Date: 30th April 2019 at 8:20am
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Everton are on the hunt for a centre-forward this summer. The Toffees want a striker who is mobile enough to take on defenders but who also provides a physical threat, can lead the line and be dominant aerially. The Sun say Tammy Abraham is on their radar and has a £25m asking price. Whether Chelsea will cash in this summer remains to be seen, however, given their transfer ban.

The Blues could leave themselves short up front with only Olivier Giroud and Gonzalo Higuain, so it’s unlikely they would let Abraham unless they had a replacement lined up. Everton are desperate to capitalise on the uncertainty, but the 21-year-old wouldn’t come cheap if Chelsea did decide to cash in.

In addition to the Englishman’s lofty valuation, Everton would have to match or surpass his £2.6m-a-year/£50k-per-week salary which could cost them more than £30m in total. Cenk Tosun has fallen down the pecking order at Goodison Park and is expected to leave the club this summer. He’ll need replacing.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin could benefit from healthy competition, but there’s little progress being made on the latest transfer target. Abraham has scored and created 28 goals in 37 Championship outings, created 26 chances, made 30 successful dribbles (59%) and has won 109 aerial duels (41%).

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