If Aston Villa want to sign Tammy Abraham at the end of the season, not only will they need to win-out in the play-offs to earn promotion, but they will also have to contend with Chelsea FC’s incoming transfer ban.
Following an investigation into transfers involving under-18 players from overseas, Chelsea have been banned from signing senior players until after the end of the 2020 January transfer window. Due to this, Chelsea might have no other choice than to improve their squad from within unless an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport passes - meaning that Tammy might have to be deployed by Chelsea until the club are allowed to make player moves once more.
Of course, a transfer ban for Chelsea doesn’t seal Abraham to the club - it just means he becomes a lot more valuable to the club. While any move for Abraham would be pricey (and not necessarily a done deal by default) almost all negotiating power lies with Chelsea, who will probably be hastily adding Abraham to their 19/20 plans.
At any rate - Aston Villa need to secure promotion to even stand a chance of tempting Abraham over from Chelsea. The 25 goal striker has been a revelation for Villa up front, and has all the scope in the world for a bright future be it at Chelsea or elsewhere. It’s just a shame for AVFC fans that The Blues have a little more incentive to hold on to their young talent.