Roma ready to sign Tammy Abraham but Chelsea striker waiting for Arsenal move – Metro.co.uk


Tammy Abraham

Abraham favours a move across the capital (Picture: Getty)

Roma have reached an agreement with Chelsea to sign Tammy Abraham but the striker is holding out for a move to Arsenal having agreed personal terms with the Gunners.

Abraham struggled to force his way into the Chelsea team under Thomas Tuchel during the second half of last season and was left out of the squad in both the FA Cup and Champions League finals.

The imminent return of Romelu Lukaku to Stamford Bridge will force him further down the pecking order with Roma this week agreeing a deal with the Blues to bring him to the Stadio Olimpico.

According to Il Messaggero, Roma have agreed a deal with Chelsea that would see Abraham join the club on a two-year loan deal worth €5m with an obligation to buy for €35m.  

While Jose Mourinho is eager to bring the 23-year-old to the club, the same publication reports Abraham is still hoping to join Arsenal and has already agreed a €5m-a-year deal with the north London side.

Arteta

Arteta is eager to continue strengthening his squad (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea’s preference is thought to be to sell the striker to a club outside the Premier League but Abraham has already turned down a move to Atalanta.

A deal for Lukaku meanwhile is expected to be announced imminently with Tuchel already talking up the impact a ‘real number nine’ will have at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel said: ‘Romelu is one of the guys like Haaland at Dortmund, Robert Lewandowski at Bayern, Harry Kane at Tottenham, who is a real number nine who loves to score and who has a presence in the box. That is not a secret.

‘The sentence [Tuchel describing Lukaku as a ‘fantastic player’] is easy to repeat for any coach in the world.

‘But [his] is the kind of profile we’re looking for and if it is possible to convince agents and clubs we will do our best.’


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