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There’s nothing quite like a good old…[modern]….transfer saga. Isn’t that right?
After speculation linking Abraham with a Chelsea recall first hitting the back pages in mid-December, we’ve since had to contend with ever growing loan & transfer links to Wolves. The Villa Underground has been over this already with a fine tooth-comb, separating fact from fiction – you can read that here.
The latest developments today is that any proposed deal to Wolves in currently off.
This follows reports from usually reputable sources in the national media that the England Under-21 striker was on his way to Molineux. Further justification for this news was Abraham’s confirmed absence from Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training facility on Monday 7th January.
The reasons for a breakdown in any move are as yet unconfirmed and as importantly there are no official comments or statements from Wolves, Villa, player or his representatives. Abraham did report back to training at Villa today (8th January).
Speculation as to why any deal has collapsed, but may lie in Wolves (and any other interested parties) inability to receive international clearance in time, with FIFA having not ratified the deal. FIFA clearance is required in this instance owing to a lack of clarity on whether the striker has already played for two teams this season, thus barring him from registering for a third.
Whilst nothing is certain in football, what we do know is that for any deal to go through, Chelsea must activate the release clause by 14th January. The clock is ticking…