Arsenal are set to beat Tottenham in the race to sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham on loan this summer, according to a report from The Sun.
The Gunners will need a new striker this summer if Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah leave the club. The latter is almost guaranteed to be sold, and there’s a good chance that the Frenchman will go as well.
Arsenal will then be left with just Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabriel Martinelli and Folarin Balogun up front. The trio are good players to have, but they’re all fairly similar, and that will make our approach to games very predictable.
The Gunners need someone who will offer something different up top and Abraham is a very interesting option. He can hold the ball up and bring people into play like Lacazette, run in behind like Aubameyang, and more importantly, he would be an aerial threat.
That is something Arsenal seriously lack at the moment. The Gunners scored just six headed goals in the Premier League last season, which is a woeful record when you consider the quality of crosses coming in from someone like Kieran Tierney.
Abraham could change that next season and he would be a decent signing, and if the report is to be believed, Arsenal could sign him on a season-long loan deal in the coming weeks.
Arsenal can sign Tammy Abraham on loan
The report claims that Chelsea are prepared to send Abraham on loan as no club is meeting their asking price. Arsenal are reportedly leading the race at the moment, but there is a clause that could complicate things.
The Blues are ready to loan out Abraham but only if there is a clause included in the deal that obligates the buying club to make the deal permanent for £40 million next year. That clause is triggered if the Englishman reaches a pre-set amount of appearances, which, in a way, is fair.
However, £40 million is a lot of money, even if we’ll have a year to pay it. That could potentially push Arsenal away from this deal, but the whole situation will depend on Lacazette and Nketiah’s futures, and that isn’t expected to be sorted any time soon.