Chelsea’s direct Premier League rivals Arsenal are ready to meet Tammy Abraham’s wage demands in order to lure him away from Stamford Bridge.

The North London giants have emerged as the favourites to secure the services of 23-year-old forward, who has been dropped down in the pecking orders since the arrival of Thoma Tuchel.

Abraham, during his loan spells at Bristol City, Aston Villa and Swansea City, has shown his goalscoring ability. However, Tuchel appears to be unconvinced and ready to offload him ahead of the 2021/22 season.

A potential stumbling block in Abraham’s transfer to Premier League giants Arsenal was his wage demands – he current earns £80,000 per week at Chelsea and is believed to demanding £125,000 for the next campaign.

But the Daily Express claims that the Gunners have indicated in transfer talks that they are prepared to meet Tammy Abraham’s wage demands as Mikel Arteta is desperate to strengthen his offensive end ahead for the upcoming season.

Abraham has managed to found back of the net 30 times in 82 games for the Blues and will provide support and competition for Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Emirates Stadium.

After Olivier Giroud’s exit from Stamford Bridge, it was expected to see Tammy Abraham handed more first-team minutes. However, Tuchel is still planning to offload him and sign world-class centre-forward Erling Haaland or Robert Lewandowski.

Tuchel, who led Chelsea to Champions League triumph last campaign, is seeking to raise funds to meed Dortmund’s £150m asking price for Norwegian forward.

Abraham only being selected in starting lineup for 12 Premier League games last campaign and former Chelsea star Tony Cascarino has urged him to depart from the club before becoming ‘disillusioned’.

‘He’s got to play football now,’ Cascarino told talkSPORT this week.

‘Look he’s made the England team as a Chelsea player. He’s only made six appearances and played second fiddle to Harry Kane but I do think Tammy has to move.

‘I was lucky enough to see him at Bristol City and I came away… he scored a lot of goals for them and a lot of goals in the six yard box. So he gets predator-type goals.

‘Tammy is a player that a lot of clubs will want. Whether it’s a loan deal or not, I’m pretty sure Chelsea if they’re wanting to do a big deal elsewhere that they’d want £40-£50m for him. Which might be a big ask in the present climate.

But Tammy has got to play. I think it’s a big issue. He’s ended up going down the pecking order.

‘I think he can become disillusioned with his career if he just stays at Chelsea. I think he needs to go and find a move. In some ways you’d want him to say he’d prefer a permanent move because he wants to kickstart his career again.’