Chelsea have been put on red alert after Bayern Munich told Jerome Boateng he can leave this summer.
Maurizio Sarri knows he needs to add some quality to the back-lines as his defence has simply not been good enough this season and has been eyeing up a bargain deal for Boateng, as the centre-back is not first-choice under Niko Kovac.
Now the Italian boss has been handed a real boost in their chase to land Boateng after Bayern president Uli Hoeness suggested the German may have already played his final game for the club.
Speaking to BR, Hoeness stated: “I would recommend him as a friend to leave the club.
“He needs a new challenge. Recently he has seemed out of place.”
Meanwhile, Tammy Abraham has told Chelsea fans that he is ready to lead the attack next season.
The 21-year-old scored 26 goals in the Championship this season, helping Villa reach the play-off final, where they clinched promotion against Derby at Wembley.
And Abraham insists he is up to the job to lead the Chelsea attack next season.
“The aim is to be at the highest level and playing the best football, and if Chelsea say they need me there I will put 100 per cent in,” he said.
“Every player wants to start. Obviously if it is at Chelsea, a team like Chelsea is always difficult because they have got world-class players.
“It is always going to be difficult to bring in youngsters and bring in people like myself – it is a big role.
“But for me, it is about believing in myself and just keep doing what I do.”
He added: “First of all I just need to enjoy myself with the boys before I think about the future.
“I have got the Euro U21s coming up as well so I have to focus on that. You can never say never. You never know what could happen.
“I have developed a lot as a player. Coming here it was always tough, there was always a lot of pressure.
“People were questioning if I could score the same amount of goals as I did last time [in the Championship with Bristol City]. I just believed in myself.
“I give credit to the boys, they created a lot of chances for me this year. I’ve scored a lot of goals and we’ve got promoted.”