Italian outlet CalcioMercato claim that new AS Roma boss Jose Mourinho wants to sign Tammy Abraham, but the Chelsea striker prefers a move to Arsenal.
Abraham’s future at Stamford Bridge has been up in the air for a while. It was evident that Thomas Tuchel didn’t fancy him last season, and with Romelu Lukaku set to arrive soon, his chances of success at Chelsea reduces even more.
That doesn’t make him a bad player by any means. Despite only starting 18 games in all competitions last season, he scored 12 goals and provided six assists, which is a very impressive record for a 23-year-old.
Tammy Abraham prefers Arsenal despite interest from Mourinho
Abraham is almost guaranteed to leave Chelsea in this window and Arsenal have been linked. Serie A sides Atalanta and AS Roma are interested in him too, but the report claims that his heart is set on a move to the Emirates this summer.
Roma need a replacement for Edin Dzeko, who is set to move to Inter Milan. Mourinho views Abraham as the perfect replacement, and to be fair, his profile really would suit the former Chelsea and Spurs boss’ system.
The Giallorossi’s initial offer is reportedly a two-year loan deal with an obligation to buy him at the end of it for about £30 million. It is unclear if Chelsea would accept this bid, especially with other clubs interested as well.
Rio Ferdinand once compared Abraham to Didier Drogba
Back in October 2019, Chelsea beat Lille 2-1 in the Champions League. Abraham scored for the Blues and Ferdinand claimed that the Englishman’s performance on the night was reminiscent of Premier League legend Didier Drogba.
He told BT Sport, as per The Express: “I saw elements in Tammy’s game today that I hadn’t seen as much that I’d have liked to. His hold-up play, coming to the ball and bringing others into play.
“First half, one ball went up to him, Didier Drogba-esque, chests it down for someone, runs on for the next phase – I think he’s developing nicely. He’s scoring goals, he’s scoring different types of goals and I think he’s a threat.”
It’s needless to say that £40 million-rated Abraham is nowhere near as good as Drogba was in his prime. However, he has the potential to reach that level, and if there’s a chance to sign him, Arsenal should be all over that deal.