Arsenal ‘join host of Premier League clubs interested in Tammy Abraham… with Chelsea keen to sell £40m-rated striker’ who supported north London giants as a boy
- Tammy Abraham was frozen out at Chelsea following Thomas Tuchel’s arrival
- Reports suggest he was offered to Borussia Dortmund in Erling Haaland bid
- But now Arsenal are said to have added their name to the list of potential suitors
- The 23-year-old supported Arsenal as a boy and idolised legend Thierry Henry
Arsenal have added their name to the list of clubs interested in signing Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, according to reports.
The 23-year-old has barely featured for the Blues since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival in January, and made just two appearances for the club after the middle of February.
Reports in Germany have suggested the centre forward – who is valued at £40million by Chelsea – was involved in a rejected player-plus-cash bid from the Stamford Bridge outfit for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland earlier this week.
Arsenal have reportedly joined the list of clubs interested in signing Tammy Abraham
Some reports suggest he was offered to Borussia Dortmund in a rejected bid for Erling Haaland
But The Telegraph claim that while the Champions League winners certainly explored that option, Abraham’s boyhood club Arsenal are also interested, but they would likely have to sell before they could hope to reach Chelsea’s valuation.
The Gunners have France forward Alexandre Lacazette who has entered the final 12 months of his deal, while fellow striker Eddie Nketiah is also expected to move on this summer.
The report adds Abraham has also been made available to Inter Milan and Tottenham, with Chelsea also keen on their former striker Romelu Lukaku as well as England captain Harry Kane.
The same outlet insists Abraham is likely to bring his 17-year stay and his five-year spell in the first team at Stamford Bridge to an end this summer, and the club will only move ahead with trying to sign another forward once he is sold.
But now Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have been linked but will need to sell players before they buy
Alexandre Lacazette (right) has one year left while Eddie Nketiah is also expected to leave
Petr Cech, David Luiz and Willian are among the players over the last six years to have left west London for pastures new at the Emirates Stadium, but such a move would perhaps mean more to Abraham who was brought up an Arsenal fan and idolised their former striker Thierry Henry.
‘To be honest I was an Arsenal fan,’ he told the Bristol Post in 2017. ‘It didn’t make any difference at Chelsea.
‘When you’re young and you choose who to support, if it’s a family thing, it’s a family thing. Luckily for me it was a family thing so it wasn’t really a problem at Chelsea.’
Abraham could follow David Luiz (R) and Willian (L) as players to leave Chelsea for Arsenal
‘Someone I looked up to was Thierry Henry. His variations of finishing, his movement, the way he dribbles… someone like that has a key impact on me. I would love to be as big as him and maybe even better.’
Sportsmail reported back in May that West Ham and Leicester were also interested in Abraham, but the £40m asking price is considered too steep by the Hammers while the Foxes have signed Patson Daka from RB Salzburg.
Abraham – who is keen to win his place back in England squad ahead of next year’s Qatar World Cup after being omitted by Gareth Southgate for Euro 2020 – was remarkably joint second top scorer for the Blues in the Premier League 2020-21 despite being frozen out by Tuchel.
His six goals were matched by Mason Mount and Timo Werner, with Jorginho’s seven penalties beating them all.
Abraham grew up supporting Arsenal and idolised former Gunners striker Thierry Henry
Abraham was frozen out by Blues boss Thomas Tuchel following his arrival in January
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