Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham finally agrees to join Roma, snubs Arsenal


By Mukwuzi Joseph

The decision comes after Roma General Manager Tiago Pinto travelled to London this week in a bid to convince Abraham and his team that a move to Italy was the right project for him.

Roma have agreed a £35m deal for the 23-year-old, but personal terms have proved to be a sticking point. 

The Gunners, who started their Premier League campaign with a 2-0 defeat to newly-promoted Brentford on Friday, had also registered their interest in Abraham, with reports suggesting that the player and club representatives had met to discuss a deal.

Before the recent discussions between Roma and Abraham’s team, it is understood that the English striker would’ve preferred to join the Gunners. But it now seems that he’s more open to a move to Rome, according to DiMarzio.

The Serie A outfit are looking for a target man to replace their star striker Edin Dzeko, who looks set to leave the club to join Inter Milan. 

Inter themselves needed a replacement for Romelu Lukaku after he sealed a £97.5m move back to Chelsea, following an impressive campaign in Italy last season.

The deal for Abraham is expected to see Chelsea receive around £4.2m up-front, with the remaining £30.8m to be paid in instalments through the next few seasons. 

Abraham was left frustrated with the lack of playing time at Stamford Bridge last season and his opportunities would have been further limited by Lukaku’s arrival.

When asked about Abraham’s potential move away from the club earlier this week, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel refused to give an answer.

However, he did admit that he understood the striker’s frustation with the lack of playing time.

‘He has reason not to be happy after the lack of game time last season but it’s maybe also my fault for not trusting him as much as other players,’ he said.

‘He wants more minutes so the decision will be does he want to fight his way back into the team here or does he want to change to be a regular starter elsewhere?

‘That’s completely up to him and I understand, it’s quite a normal situation. But right now he’s with us.’

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