Manager Jose Mourinho has requested Roma to sign highly rated Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.
As per a report from Corriere dello Sport, Roma are looking to replace longtime striker and club legend Edin Dzeko this summer. Reports suggest that in the last few hours, the former Tottenham Hotspur manager has asked for Abraham.
Abraham starred under Frank Lampard for Chelsea, and was their leading marksman. With the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, he was dropped in favour of new signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz. Veteran Olivier Giroud is also ahead of him in the pecking order.
As a result, the Englishman is linked with a move away from Chelsea. However, negotiations won’t be easy for Roma. The report mentions Chelsea’s valuation of Abraham, and they will want €47 million before considering his sale.
Moreover, Serie A rivals Atalanta are also interested in the young striker, and if Roma want him, they will have to fend off rival interest in the player. Arsenal are also interested, so it’s double trouble for the Romans.
Roma is said to be considering the deal, but they find the valuation of Abraham by Chelsea a little excessive. They are looking to negotiate with the current Champions League winners, and will try to get him for a lower price. The report states that failing that, they will try for an initial loan deal, with the option to buy him permanently later.
Mourinho seems to be pushing for it, and it would be a great deal for all parties involved. Roma need a man to lead their line, and Abraham would be a perfect fit. Moreover, Abraham needs to play first-team football at his age and with his talent.
At Chelsea, he will not get those opportunities as much as he desires. With the arrival of Romelu Lukaku, it would only mean more benchings if he stays. Chelsea could also make a tidy sum from his sale.