Tammy Abraham has made clear he is willing to move to Arsenal this summer if the opportunity presents itself, despite reiterating his happiness with life at Roma.
The Gunners are in the market for a new leading striker this summer amid what is likely a busy summer. Arsenal are ready to wave farewell to Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette with the pair leaving as free agents. And with Pierre-Emerick also departing in January, Mikel Arteta desperately needs more firepower.
As such, a number of leading No 9s are being mentioned as targets for the Gunners. Indeed, the likes of Alexander Isak and Victor Osimhen are reportedly in their sights. And their hopes of landing Osimhen have taken an upwards turn in the wake of a potential swap deal.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is also on their radar and those hopes too have been boosted in the wake of a big revelation around the Everton star.
However, it seems their No 1 target is Roma star Abraham.
He made the move to the Stadio Olimpico last summer and is enjoying an excellent first season in Serie A. With 24 goals to his name and five assists, he has quickly ingratiated himself with the Serie A outfit.
Understandably, that has led to plenty of interest in services, not least from the Gunners.
Abraham is back in England for Thursday’s Europa Conference League semi-final first leg against Leicester. And the 24-year-old was asked for his opinion on links to Arsenal.
“For me to be doing what I’m doing now for a great club like Roma, I can’t really describe the feeling,” Abraham said when asked about his future.
Tammy Abraham well aware of Arsenal links
“Coming off the back of a difficult season at Chelsea where I wasn’t really playing games, coming here and shining… It’s like a dream come true for me.
“I’m happy playing my football. Of course, you hear the little rumours here and there, different people interested. Clearly for me I’m doing the right thing if people are watching.
“Give credit to my teammates, the staff, the manager. They have a big part to play in how well I’m doing.
“For me, like I said, I just want to go all the way and hopefully win a trophy.”
While not naming Arsenal, the striker is clearly aware of their interest.
“I was born and raised in England, so of course there are many rumours here and there that there’s clubs interested.
“Like I said, I’m clearly doing something right at Roma if people are interested.
“I just have to stay focused, keep doing my thing. I want to keep playing my football, focus on this competition, where we finish in the league. And then we’ll see what happens in the future.
“For now, my main focus is beating Leicester.”
Striker would be perfect addition for Arsenal
Roma paid Chelsea £34m for Abraham last summer, a move that Arsenal surely regret not making themselves at the time.
In prising him from London to the Italian capital, Chelsea secured a buy-back clause in his deal. That states they can re-sign the England striker for £67m – but not before summer 2023.
As such, the Gunners feel their best chance of signing Abraham is this summer.
Roma, though, are not willing to sell on the cheap.
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As such, they are reported to have informed Arsenal that any deal for Abraham will cost them at least the same figure this summer.
At £67m, that would come close to Arsenal’s transfer record – currently the £72m paid to Lille in 2019 for Nicolas Pepe.
However, the Gunners do need goals and Tammy Abraham has proved wherever he’s played that he knows how to find the back of the net.
The striker would surely thrive back in the Premier League with Arsenal. And we at TEAMtalk would back him to gobble up the chances created by the likes of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe – two men he knows very well.
And if the Gunners can convince Roma to sell for that price, he would prove a low-risk gamble and likely to prove value for money.