Arsenal have missed out on the signing of Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham with the striker set to fly to Italy this week to join AS Roma.
According to Fabrizio Romano, ‘the agreement has been reached’ for the 23-year-old striker to join the Serie A side. Chelsea completed the club-record signing of Romelu Lukaku earlier in the week.
Fabrizio Romano later tweeted that Chelsea will receive €40m (£34m) in instalments for the England international. Arsenal were keen on Abraham, but it appears that Roma have beaten the Gunners to the punch.
Indeed, a striker could be an area Mikel Arteta wants to strengthen in this window. Alexandre Lacazette are both in their thirties. And the likes of Eddie Nketiah and Folarin Balogun don’t have the quality to lead the line.
We saw this on Friday, when Balogun was thrown into the deep end as all three of Arsenal’s strikers were unavailable. Needless to say, the New York City-born attacker struggled against Brentford.
Insider’s View: Abraham sale to Roma summarises Arsenal’s window in a nutshell
It seems almost comical that Arsenal have already failed to move on one of their players to Roma this window. Granit Xhaka looked set to join the Italian club. However, the Gunners were unwilling to accept Jose Mourinho’s offer for the midfielder.
Fast forward a few months, and Arsenal are now missing out on a target of theirs to Roma for a fee that almost doubles what they offered for Xhaka. Moreover, Chelsea showed off their power in negotiations when selling players.
This window should have been the one where many Arsenal players left to recoup funds for the club. As well as give the squad a new freshness about it.
Instead, only Joe Willock has left on a permanent deal, whilst a good eight to ten names remain in north London.
Abraham’s move to Roma has been a stark lesson for Arsenal on how to conduct player negotiations. And in doing so, Chelsea have made the Gunners look like fools on two different fronts.