Arsenal ‘will have to sell Alexandre Lacazette AND Eddie Nketiah’ to make room for Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham signing, with a ‘loan deal followed by a £40m purchase commitment’ on the table for the rowdy striker
- Arsenal reportedly interested in signing Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham
- Initial loan agreement, followed by a £40m bribe obligation, has been proposed
- Abraham, 23, open to a switch after falling pecking order at Chelsea
- But Arsenal may need to release at least two attackers to make way for Abraham
- Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah prefer to leave Emirates
Arsenal will only make a deal for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham ‘when Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah leave the Emirates Stadium this summer’.
The Gunners are interested in signing 23-year-old England international Abraham, who has fallen dramatically in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
Manager Mikel Arteta is an admirer of Abraham and it has been Arsenal’s intention for several months to bolster their strike force.
Tammy Abraham has been linked with a Chelsea move to Arsenal, but his move to London could depend on the Gunners signing off on two forwards
Alexandre Lacazette could be one of those to give way if Arsenal move for Abraham
Eddie Nketiah is another seeking clarification on his future at the Emirates Stadium
It has been reported that the deal will take the form of an initial loan with a purchase commitment of £40 million.
Arsenal would pay much – if not all – of Abraham’s £80,000 a week during the loan.
Abraham, who grew up supporting Arsenal and worshiping club legend Thierry Henry, is open to a move to North London as playing time under Thomas Tuchel was limited.
However, like The athletic report, with Abraham’s eventual price tag and quite high wages, Arsenal will have to lay off some players first.
Arsenal are favorites to sign Abraham, first on loan but with £40m purchase commitment
Abraham (right) scored in Chelsea’s pre-season game against Peterborough United, but has fallen a bit in the pecking order under Thomas Tuchel
Both Lacazette and Nketiah have one year left on their existing contracts and so Arsenal could risk losing them for nothing in the summer of 2022.
22-year-old Nketiah, who scored six goals in 29 appearances for the club last season, has been offered a new contract but wants certainty about his long-term future before signing it.
There is also reportedly a willingness to sell Lacazette, 30, the current number 9, to make way for an incoming striker.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is looking to strengthen his strike force for the new season
A Chelsea academy graduate, Abraham enjoyed a breakthrough season under Frank Lampard in 2019-20, scoring 18 goals as he started regularly in the Premier League and Champions League.
Despite starting the season as Lampard’s No. 1, Abraham fell out of favor when Tuchel came in with German forward Timo Werner favoring the attack.
Tottenham and West Ham were also interested in signing the striker, who has six caps for England, but Arsenal are likely to strike a deal.