Arsenal are in pole position to sign Chelsea centre-forward Tammy Abraham during this summer transfer window. The 23-year-old centre-forward is keen on playing regular first-team football.
England international has been put up for sale by Chelsea as the German manager sees no long-term future for the striker at Chelsea. Tammy has scored 30 goals in 82 games for Chelsea, but the striker found his game time limited the last season following the arrivals of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.
Gunners have been alerted to the English striker’s situation, mainly as centre-forwards Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette are both in the final year’s of their deals at the London club.
According to the Athletic, Gunners are keen on signing Tammy but would instead take the centre-forward on a season-long loan deal prior to reevaluating their options in 2022. The Blues would instead cash in on the English striker and seek £40m for the centre-forward.
Gunners would likely have to sell the French striker to fund a move at that value, such is the financial situation at Arsenal. The Blues would not stand in the 23-year-old centre-forward’s way in terms of joining a direct rival should the team obtain their £40m asking price.
The German tactician is keen on signing an established striker following the departure of Olivier Giroud to Milan. Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is Thomas Tuchel’s no.1 target, but the Norwegian’s likely to cost nearly £120m-£130m, which would smash the Blues transfer record.
Meanwhile, Tony Cascarino believes Tammy can no longer afford to exist on the fringes at Chelsea. After several impressive loan spells, the English striker was given an opportunity to shine at Stamford Bridge in 2019 when Frank Lampard placed his faith in the centre-forward.
Tammy impressed as the Blues finished fourth under a transfer ban, but the London club spent big last summer transfer window, bringing in Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.
That limited the 23-year-old striker’s chances, and he was squeezed further when the German manager replaced Frank Lampard in winter. Thomas Tuchel now wants to add an established No.9, with the Blues keen on the move for the Norwegian goal machine Erling Haaland.
The Gunners have registered an interest in Tammy, and Tony Cascarino believes now is the time for the Englishman to leave the Stamford Bridge. Chelsea also linked with Juventus forward Federico Chiesa and Real Madrid attacker Eden Hazard.