Tammy Abraham has emerged as a potential Newcastle United target – as the club considers a fresh move for Andros Townsend.
Chelsea are again prepared to loan out Abraham next season.
And United are reportedly interested in the 19-year-old striker, who scored 26 league and cup goals for loan club Bristol City this season.
Abraham is set to sign a new long-term contract with the Premier League champions before spending another season away from Stamford Bridge.
Asked about his future earlier this month, Abraham said: “I’ve heard a few bits, this and that, but I’m not too sure what I’m doing yet and I haven’t spoken to Chelsea about next season.”
Newcastle have already completed transfer business with the Blues, signing winger Christian Atsu following a successful loan stint with the black and whites. And United are looking to do more early business this summer.
Newcastle tried and failed to re-sign Townsend from Crystal Palace in January’s transfer window.
The Gazette understands that United remain interested in the winger, who spent the second half of last season at St James’s Park before moving on in the wake of the club’s relegation.
Palace – who parted company with manager Sam Allardyce this week – do not want to sell the 25-year-old in the summer transfer window. But the club’s stance could change once a successor to Allardyce is appointed at Selhurst Park.
Townsend has had an operation on his Achilles since the end of the season.
I’ve heard a few bits, this and that, but I’m not too sure what I’m doing yet and I haven’t spoken to Chelsea about next season.Tammy Abraham
Club doctor Zaf Iqbal said: “Andros had a minor procedure earlier in the week to remove an irritation to the Achilles tendon.
“He had been struggling with it in the latter part of the season. And it was then decided to address the issue at the end of season to allow him to return and be ready for the start of pre-season.”
Meanwhile, Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala, linked with a move to Newcastle, has spoken about his future.
Asked about coach Pep Guardiola, Mangala said: “I’m fortunate to have spent a month with him, and I can tell you that I have made more progress, especially tactically, in a month with him than in two years at City.
“I want to believe I can convince him.
“But today I’m on the market. There will be offers this summer.”