According to a report from The Athletic, Tammy Abraham wanted a move to Arsenal, but the Gunners didn’t even try to bring him in.
The transfer saga surrounding the Englishman has been going on for a while now. Thomas Tuchel’s actions last season made it absolutely clear that Abraham was not in his plans, and the striker wasn’t too keen on staying either.
Arsenal were heavily linked with a move for Abraham, but it looks like AS Roma have won the race. The striker is set to join the Italians for £34 million this summer, and an announcement is only a matter of time now.
Tammy Abraham wanted to join Arsenal
Roma boss Jose Mourinho and their sporting director Tiago Pinto went above and beyond to convince Abraham. The latter even flew over to England to persuade him, but the Englishman was still dreaming of Arsenal.
The report claims that Abraham had even told his Chelsea teammates that he wanted to move to the Emirates. However, his dream was crushed as Edu didn’t even make an offer to secure his signature this summer.
Abraham will now head to Roma and he will likely be a huge hit there. He fits Mourinho’s system perfectly, and if he can hit the ground running, the Giallorossi could become real contenders for the Scudetto this season.
What next for Arsenal?
Arsenal’s stance was pretty clear from the start. We will only sign a new striker if one of Alexandre Lacazette or Eddie Nketiah leaves the club. At the moment, it is looking very likely that both players will stay at the Emirates.
That blocks our chances of signing a new striker this summer and Roma took advantage of that situation. They seem to have won the race for Abraham, and it has to be said that Arsenal may have missed a trick here.
With just 16 days left in the transfer window, it will be interesting to see what Arsenal end up doing. A new striker is a necessity, but there’s a good chance we’ll end up without one at the start of next month, which would be a huge blow.