Roma decision looming as Graham Potter arrival heightens Chelsea links with Serie A marksman

Roma players Lorenzo Pellegrini, Tammy Abraham and Gianluca Mancini

A report claims Tammy Abraham is more likely to re-join Chelsea now the Blues have appointed Graham Potter as their new manager.

Thomas Tuchel was sacked by Chelsea on September 7, the day after his team’s surprise Champions League loss to Dinamo Zagreb. While this result was disappointing for club chiefs, it was not the only reason they let the German go.

Tuchel had failed to form a good relationship with the new owners following their takeover in May.

Todd Boehly, Chelsea co-owner and their chairman, wanted a new head coach to arrive at Stamford Bridge who would have a bigger say in the club’s wider strategy.

Potter fit the bill and was appointed on September 8. He penned a five-year contract with the Blues.

On the managerial change, Boehly told the official Chelsea website: “We are thrilled to bring Graham to Chelsea. He is a proven coach and an innovator in the Premier League who fits our vision for the Club.

“Not only is he extremely talented on the pitch, he has skills and capabilities that extend beyond the pitch which will make Chelsea a more successful Club.

“He has had a major impact at his previous Clubs and we look forward to his positive impact at Chelsea. We look forward to supporting him, his coaching team and the squad in realising their full potential in the coming months and years.”

Potter has only taken charge of one Chelsea match so far. He was in the dugout for the first time during their 1-1 draw with Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League.

Most of Chelsea’s senior players have been representing their countries during the international break since then.

Potter eyeing first Chelsea win

Potter will get the chance to obtain his first victory with Chelsea this weekend. They come up against fellow London club Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Englishman is set to have a big say on Chelsea’s transfer strategy going forward. He is great at developing young players and this could see more talented teenagers move to the west London club.

According to Sport Witness, who cite Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, Potter’s arrival could also result in a former Chelsea man going back to the club.

They claim Roma star Abraham is more likely to return to Chelsea now Potter is in charge, as the former Brighton manager will give him better game time than predecessor Tuchel.

Chelsea sold Abraham to Roma in August last year following the arrival of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan. The striker cost Roma £34m. Chelsea have a buy-back clause worth double that (£68m), which becomes active in summer 2023.

Abraham has excelled in Italy, netting 29 goals in 61 matches for Roma. In contrast, Lukaku flopped last season and has been sent back to Inter on loan.

Tammy Abraham could be Aubameyang successor

Chelsea have brought in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to replace Lukaku. But at 33 years of age he is not a long-term solution, and this could see Chelsea go back in for Abraham.

The report states his Roma future will be decided at the end of the season. Jose Mourinho’s side may struggle to keep the 24-year-old from the clutches of Chelsea due to the buy-back clause.

Roma may also have to fend off some of Chelsea’s rivals. That’s because Manchester United and Arsenal are also supposedly keeping tabs on his situation.

It would be great to see Abraham return to the Prem and play under Potter at Chelsea. The manager would likely get the best out of him, just like Mourinho has in Italy.

This would prove Chelsea wrong for selling Abraham and going after Lukaku last summer. They have made plenty of mistakes in the past when selling players. And it seems to have happened against with Abraham.

Meanwhile, Christian Pulisic has spoken about his Chelsea future following transfer links with Man Utd and Newcastle.