Aston Villa keen on signing Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu

Aston Villa's Premier League fixtures

Aston Villa's Premier League fixtures

The only stumbling block that the Premier League new boys could face is that their other goalkeeper Orjan Nyland is now out injured and boss Dean Smith does not want to leave his side short of options for the season ahead.

The Blues are now set to be hit by a transfer ban, meaning they can not sign any players in the next two windows.

Whilst Villa have already snapped up fellow loan success Anwar El Ghazi, hope to sign Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings, and are expected to confirm the return of Kortney Hause in due course - Abraham's future is still up in the air.

Since leaving St James Park, where he came through the youth ranks, 18-year-old Ampadu has gone on to make 12 appearances for the Blues' first team, mostly in the FA Cup and in the Europa League.

"You can never say never", he said, speaking to Sky Sports News when asked about whether a return to B6 could happen. "We'll see how things look".

The Premier League fixture list has been revealed, with Chelsea facing a tough opener away at Manchester United while Villa are counting down to the days to a meeting with Tottenham in north London.

The prospect of Frank Lampard replacing Sarri as manager at Chelsea does open the door to the possibility of Ampadu being given more opportunities, especially as the club face a two-window transfer ban.

Abraham has kept an eye on the 2019-20 schedule for both of the sides he has had strong ties to of late.

"It's good to see Aston Villa in the Premier League so I still follow them on social media - I always look out for them as well".