The future of Tammy Abraham now rests in the striker’s hands as the 23-year-old is yet to accept a transfer to Roma after the Italian club reached a €40m+ agreement with Chelsea, per Fabrizio Romano.
Romano reports that Roma have agreed an initial €40m (£34m) fee for Abraham with Chelsea in a deal that also includes add-ons, as the Blues are insisting on the inclusion of a buy-back clause.
Abraham has fallen out-of-favour at Chelsea since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, with the England international making just seven appearances under the German, only four of which being starts.
The target-man was already struggling to contend with Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Olivier Giroud for the spot to lead the line, but whilst Giroud has departed, Romelu Lukaku has returned, leaving Abraham with slim hopes of regular first-team football.
Romano adds that the Blues academy graduate has yet to accept the proposed switch to Roma, despite being called by Jose Mourinho, leaving his boyhood club Arsenal – per the Telegraph – still in the race.
AS Roma have an agreement in place with Chelsea for Tammy Abraham: €40m plus add ons on a permanent deal. Chelsea want a buy-back clause included. ? #CFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 14, 2021
Abraham has been identified as the ideal target for the Giallorossi to replace talisman Edin Dzeko, who seems to be nearing a move to Inter Milan to replace Romelu Lukaku on a two-year deal, per Di Marzio.
Whilst the 6ft5 striker may not be deemed ready to front the attack of Chelsea at this point, Abraham has shown his potential with his solid returns for the Blues in his only two seasons with the first-team.
Abraham has ended as the club’s top scorer across all competitions in the last two years, scoring 18 goals in the 19/20 campaign before netting 12 as he began to be used more sparingly last term.
It’s not surprising to see that Mourinho wants someone physical to fill the void of Dzeko in the Italian capital, Abraham – who he’ll be familiar with given his time at Chelsea, looks a decent option, but an initial fee of €40m will leave the ace little time to adjust, he’d be expected to hit the ground running.