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Man Utd line up Ronaldo successor with ‘huge offer’ required to break Chelsea hearts

Roma striker Tammy Abraham

Man Utd could turn to Tammy Abraham to succeed Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford despite Chelsea holding a key clause in his Roma contract, per a report.

The forwards department will come under the microscope at Manchester United this summer. Despite being 37, Ronaldo is by far and a way United’s top goalscorer this season. The Portuguese has 18 goals to his name across all competitions. His nearest challenger is Bruno Fernandes with just nine.

However, doubts have been expressed as to whether Ronaldo will see out his Old Trafford contract. He has another 12 months left to run, while the club also hold an option for an extra year.

But if United fail to qualify for the Champions League, retaining Ronaldo could be difficult.

Elsewhere, Edinson Cavani and Jesse Lingard are expected to leave as free agents. Marcus Rashford’s dismal form has sparked surprise talk of a move away too.

A decision will also have to be made on Sevila loanee Anthony Martial. The latest report regarding the Frenchman suggested he’ll be returning to Manchester after taking umbrage with a recent decision made by Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui.

All that combined suggests United’s forward line could have a very different look when the summer window slams shut. And according to the Italian press, ex-Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham could be the star arrival.

That stems from Italian newspaper Il Messaggero who allege United are considering making the Roma ace Ronaldo’s successor.

Could United beat Chelsea to Tammy Abraham?

The story is detailed by Football Italia who state if Abraham were to be signed, it’d be this summer. However, pulling off the raid would predictably require a ‘huge offer’

Abraham joined Roma last summer in a deal worth £34m. He has taken his career to new heights in Italy, notching 23 goals in his first 40 matches across all competitions.

In his latest outing, Abraham netted twice in the Rome derby against Lazio. His first goal on the night came inside 60 seconds.

Chelsea inserted a buy-back clause into Abraham’s deal that can be activated after two full seasons in Rome.

As such, the Blues – if they are allowed – would be able to re-sign Abraham for twice what they paid – £68m. That is looking an increasingly enticing prospect given Romelu Lukaku’s surprising struggles.

Chelsea’s clause gives an indication as to what United would have to pay this summer. Given Abraham’s fantastic start to life in Italy, Roma won’t sell unless inundated with a huge offer.

At 24, Abraham could become the main man in United’s frontline for years to come. Interim boss Ralf Rangnick has already gone on record to state it’s “obvious” United need to sign a younger striker this summer.