Roma laid down a trio of incentives to Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham that convinced him to move to Italy instead of staying in London, a report has revealed.
It’s no secret that Abraham wants out of Stamford Bridge in order to gain regular playing time. He has proven himself to be a reliable goalscorer in both the Championship and the Premier League. But despite this, he has found himself behind a number of the Blues’ big money signings in the pecking order.
Chelsea made their stance clear: if a buyer matches their asking price of £40m, they have a deal.
Aston Villa and West Ham were the early contenders for Abraham’s signature, but it has very much been a different two-horse race in recent weeks.
Arsenal have been competing with Italian side Roma. Their boss Jose Mourinho took a shine to the 23-year-old when searching for a replacement for Edin Dzeko.
The former Blues, Tottenham and Manchester United manager seemed to have his wish granted. His former club accepted a bid for their striker.
However, Abraham wanted to stay in London and reportedly agreed terms with the Gunners.
In the past few days Roma have pulled out all the stops to try and change the six-cap England international’s mind.
And it seems to have worked. Reports on Saturday indicated Abraham was edging towards a move abroad as opposed to across the capital.
Now the three factors that have helped to turn the tides in this transfer saga have been revealed.
Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport report the Italian’s have offered him the number nine shirt, regular playing time and a £3.8m (€4.5m) salary per season.
Those incentives appear to tick all of Abraham’s boxes. And they seemingly cannot be matched by Arsenal, who are not in the same need as the Italians for a new frontman.
Abraham flying to Rome today
With the personal terms now agreed, Fabrizio Romano has reported Abraham will fly out to Rome today to undergo a medical.
The Italian journalist tweeted the contract will be signed and the deal will be announced in the coming days.
The fee is slightly lower than the original price tag Chelsea estimated. Roma negotiated it down to £34m, which equates to €40m.
According to Sky, the deal includes a buyback clause. Should the Blues wish to activate this, they will have to pay €55m.
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