Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham over the last few days and The Athletic have shed some more light on the story.
The 23-year-old was a regular when Frank Lampard was at the helm, but he has barely played under Thomas Tuchel. It doesn’t look like he has a future at Stamford Bridge and he is likely to move on this summer.
The Athletic reveal that Arsenal’s interest is genuine. They claim that several influential voices within the club including Mikel Arteta are big admirers of Abraham, and the Englishman is reportedly open to a move to the Emirates as well.
However, the report claims that Arsenal will only sign Abraham on one condition this summer.
Arsenal will only sign Tammy Abraham if two players are sold
Arsenal currently have five strikers at the Emirates. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Martinelli and newly-promoted Folarin Balogun will all be fighting for a spot in the first team next season.
That number will have to come down if Arsenal are to bring in a new striker. Nketiah and Lacazette have both entered the final year of their contracts, and the report claims that the Gunners will only sign Abraham if the two strikers are sold in the coming weeks.
The Insider’s View:
It is no secret that Arsenal are trying hard to sell both Lacazette and Nketiah. The latter is more likely to leave this summer, but the Frenchman will also have to go to make room for someone like Abraham to come in.
A loan deal with an option to buy him for around £40 million is arguably a fair deal. Abraham being open to a move is a positive as well, but this really is a complicated deal to complete.
Lacazette is a fine player and most teams in Europe would surely love to sign him. However, he earns over £180,000-a-week at Arsenal, which is out of many overseas clubs’ reach due to the financial impact of the global pandemic.
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Arsenal will really struggle to sell Lacazette this summer, and the Abraham deal could collapse as a result.