According to rumors, Arsenal has joined the list of clubs interested in signing Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham.
Since Thomas Tuchel’s appointment in January, the 23-year-old has made only two appearances for the Blues, both of which came after the middle of February.
According to reports in Germany, the centre forward, who is valued at £40 million by Chelsea, was the subject of a player-plus-cash approach from the Stamford Bridge club for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland earlier this week, which was rejected.
The Telegraph believes that while the Champions League winners have clearly considered that possibility, Abraham’s boyhood club Arsenal is also intrigued, but they would likely have to sell before they could expect to match Chelsea’s valuation.
The Gunners have France forward Alexandre Lacazette, who is in the final year of his contract, and compatriot striker Eddie Nketiah, who is expected to leave this summer.
According to the source, Abraham is also being made available to Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur, with Chelsea also keen on their former striker Romelu Lukaku and England captain Harry Kane. According to the same source, Abraham’s 17-year stay at Stamford Bridge will come to an end this summer, and the club will only move forward with trying to recruit another forward if he is sold.
Petr Cech, David Luiz, and Willian are some of the players who’ve already departed west London for greener pastures at the Emirates Stadium in the last six years, but such a move would probably mean more to Abraham, who grew up an Arsenal fan and revered former striker Thierry Henry.
In 2017, he told the Bristol Post, ‘To be honest, I was an Arsenal supporter.’ ‘At Chelsea, it didn’t make a difference.’ When you’re young and deciding who to support, if it’s a family affair, it’s a family affair. Fortunately for me, it was a family matter, so it wasn’t a big deal at Chelsea.’
Thierry Henry was someone I looked up to. His finishing variations, movement, and dribbling style… someone like that has a big influence on me. I’d like to be as great as him, if not bigger.’
West Ham and Leicester were also interested in Abraham, according to Sportsmail, but the £40 million asking price is too high for the Hammers, while the Foxes have signed Patson Daka from RB Salzburg.
Despite being kept out by Tuchel, Abraham was the Blues’ joint second highest scorer in the Premier League 2020-21, and he is eager to reclaim his place in England’s squad for next year’s Qatar World Cup after being dropped by Gareth Southgate for Euro 2020.
His six goals were matched by Mason Mount and Timo Werner, with Jorginho’s seven penalties beating them all.