Serie A outfit appear to have beaten Arsenal to one of their main reported transfer targets in Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham as the Italian side are rumoured to have agreed a fee for the forward
The 23-year-old did not feature for a single minute in either of Chelsea’s two major cup finals at the back end of last season, an unused substitute in the Champions League final success over Man City, while he failed to make the matchday squad altogether for the FA Cup final defeat to Leicester City.
Even with his limited game-time last term, Abraham ended the campaign as Chelsea’s joint-top scorer with 12 goals, the same amount as £45m man Timo Werner.
Abraham has been handed a further blow after Chelsea look to be on the cusp of confirming a £97m move for Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku, returning to Stamford Bridge a decade after he joined originally.
According to Sky Italy, Abraham’s time in West London could soon be coming to an end after Roma have reached an agreement with Chelsea over the terms of the striker’s departure.
The Serie A outfit have offered to take Abraham on loan for a season, parting ways with a €5m loan fee in the process, with the deal including an option to buy following the end of the 2021/22 campaign.
The report comes as unwelcome news for Arsenal, who were keeping tabs on the striker’s situation as they look to strengthen their options ahead of the upcoming season.
Abraham, a boyhood Gunners fan, is highly thought of by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and was touted as a potential replacement for Alexandre Lacazette.
The Arsenal hierarchy are rumoured to be desperate to shift Lacazette’s wages off of the books as they aim to muster up as much transfer funds of their own as possible.
However, in a blow for the Gunners and their attacking prospects ahead of next term, Chelsea reportedly prefer the idea of completing a deal with Roma as they are against handing Abraham to Arsenal as it would strengthen a direct Premier League rival.
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