Swansea City want striker Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham is understood to have a future at Stamford Bridge, which is why Chelsea want only to loan him out

Swansea City are competing with Newcastle and Brighton for the signing of Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, according to chairman Huw Jenkins.

Abraham, who scored 26 goals for Bristol City last season, is expected to leave Stamford Bridge on loan.

“He’s a young and up and coming player we are interested in,” Jenkins said.

The chairman also confirmed that the Swans will fight to keep reported transfer targets Gylfi Sigurdsson, Alfie Mawson and Fernando Llorente.

Swansea are hoping that Abraham’s past working with former Chelsea coach Paul Clement, now Swansea’s manager, can work in their favour.

Jenkins told BBC Wales Sport: “Tammy does not have Premier League experience, but we are interested. And we will see where he decides to take the next step in his career.

“I think Paul knows him from Chelsea. If you look at the options which have been publicised, (they are) Brighton, Newcastle and ourselves, so it is left to Tammy and his family to decide where he wants to go next.”

Alfie Mawson (left) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (right)<!–

Keeping key trio

Jenkins says Swansea are determined to keep hold of their star players, despite Everton being linked with a £40 million move for Sigurdsson and England U21 defender Mawson apparently attracting Tottenham Hotspur.

Spanish striker Fernando Llorente has also been mooted for a move.

“Keeping your top players is always a difficult one,” Jenkins said as he also confirmed there is no valuation on his key men.

“At this moment in time it is a slow market as the players have been away on international duty.

“We want to keep our best players and to that end Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente had good seasons with us last year.

‘We aren’t putting figures on our players’

“Naturally that causes interest and there is plenty of media coverage, but our aim is to keep our best players and try to add to that.

“So we will see what develops over the next few weeks. We aren’t putting figures on our players.

“We see the figures bandied around in the Premier League and they are crazy, but we are part of that.

“Our first objective though is to keep the players and strengthen the squad for Paul Clement.

“We will do our best to add to the team, not take away from it.

“We’ve had no direct contact from any club, it is pure speculation and we hope it remains so.”

‘No firm interest in Mawson’

On apparent Spurs target Mawson, who only joined last summer from Barnsley, Jenkins was more firm on rebuffing the potential for a transfer.

“Alfie, again, there has been no firm interest, but his profile is being raised, we understand that,” said Jenkins.

“But we think he’s got a few years left with us to develop his career.”


Spine of the side is a priority

Jenkins says Swansea are looking for additions in central midfield and attack, but France striker Bafetimbi Gomis is unlikely to be under consideration for a return after a loan season with Marseille.

“Gomis (moving) to Galatasaray is possible, we have been talking,” Jenkins confirmed.

“Paul has a fair bit of money to consider and there are one or two players we are looking to get signed.

“The main positions we are looking for (with the way that we play) is a central midfielder and a second striker.

“Those are our main focuses, but there may be one or two other areas if some fringe players leave the club, as some last year didn’t get enough game time.

“We need to make sure we freshen the squad up and the American investment has provided the club with financial stability, we are paying out for contracts bigger than ever before.”

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