Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham is reportedly closing in on a permanent switch to Serie A outfit AS Roma for a fee of €40 million.

The latest column from Guardian has all but confirmed Tammy Abraham’s imminent move to AS Roma. The forward has arrived in Italy to complete his medical and the move could soon be officiated. Roma are set to pay around €40 million for the services of the Chelsea starlet, who is expected to sign a five-year contract.

Abraham’s imminent move to Serie A outfit AS Roma comes just a week after Chelsea confirmed the arrival of Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian forward made a sensational return to Stamford Bridge, with his old club paying a fortune to secure his services.

The Blues are now hoping to recoup some of that amount by cashing in on Abraham. The English forward has been deemed surplus to the requirements by Thomas Tuchel, having fallen out of favour last season. Roma were quick to take advantage of the situation, signing the Chelsea ace with a salary of around €3.5 million per season.

The 23-year-old is set to serve as a direct replacement for former Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko, who has joined Inter Milan for a free transfer, himself as a replacement for new Chelsea man Lukaku. He is also likely to become the club’s primary centre forward, ahead of Borja Mayoral, even though the Spaniard enjoyed a relatively decent 2020/21 campaign.

Will Tammy Abraham gives his thumbs to a move to Arsenal? (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Will Tammy Abraham gives his thumbs to a move to Roma ? (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Roma’s likely capture of Abraham might not be a pleasing sight for Arsenal, though, as they were linked with a move for the Chelsea forward earlier this month. The Chelsea striker himself was reportedly intent on joining the Gunners, despite their recent woes and the pressure on Mikel Arteta following his team’s shocking 2-0 defeat to Brentford.

In the end, Jose Mourinho’s insistence on signing the forward prevailed. The former Chelsea tactician values the player highly due to his goalscoring prowess and experience in English football. And now, a €40 million move is but a formality for the youngster.

A move away from Stamford Bridge bodes well for Chelsea, too, as they now look to operate with two quality centre forwards in Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku. Some might even argue that Werner could be back to his best with the support of the physically robust figure of Lukaku. Such companionship was key behind his initial success at Leipzig, so it will be interesting to if he can rekindle his form this season.

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