Barcelona reportedly attempted to secure the services of former Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham before he joined Serie A giants AS Roma.
According to a report by Sky Sports, Tammy Abraham could well have been on his way to Barcelona when he left Chelsea. The new AS Roma forward was the subject of interest from the Catalan club, only for the Serie A giants to swoop him away instead in a £34 million deal.
Tammy Abraham has left Chelsea after a 17-year association with the club, having joined them way back in 2004. However, he has to wait all the way till the 2019/20 season to finally earn his big break at Stamford Bridge, although he did not disappoint, finishing as the top scorer for the Blues.
The English forward, though, endured a difficult 2020/21 campaign, especially following the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, who deemed him to be surplus to requirements. So, it hardly came as a surprise that Abraham wished to leave Chelsea this summer, with AS Roma beating several English clubs to his signature this week. And it looks like another club beaten in the race to sign him are Barcelona.
Barcelona have already addressed some of the big issues in their attack by signing Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero, with the former already making his mark at the club. However, the departure of Lionel Messi has forced the Blaugrana to enter the market for an attacking addition so as to replace some of the goals, if not the impact, that the Argentine produced.
As a result, Barcelona have been linked with a number of forwards in the past week or so, with the latest target reportedly being Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. And it looks like Tammy Abraham was one of the options being considered by the Catalan giants as well before he left Chelsea.
The 23-year-old former Chelsea striker would have brought a different dimension to the Barcelona attack, adding more presence in the opposition box while being nimble at the same time, which would have aligned with the system in place at Camp Nou.
Alas for Barcelona, they have now missed out on his signature, which has been secured by AS Roma as part of a £34 million deal. What now remains to be seen is if Barcelona end up turning their attention towards some other attacker or if they are continue their 2021/22 campaign with the set of players they already have.