The Sun reports that Arsenal are lining up a surprise move for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham. The 19-year-old excelled in the Sky Bet Championship last season on loan at Bristol City. He himself is prepared to leave Stamford Bridge if he cannot break into the first-team.
Abraham netted 26 goals in 48 appearances for Lee Johnson’s side last season as they avoided relegation back into Sky Bet League One. He ended the season as the joint-second highest scorer in the league behind Leeds United’s Chris Wood. He himself has admitted that he grew up supporting Arsenal and that Thierry Henry was one of his biggest icons.
Antonio Conte was happy for the youngster to head out on loan last season, however there have been countless players who left the club on temporary deals too. Not all of them will return and break into the first-team fold, especially on the back of their Premier League winning campaign. Abraham has got the taste of regularly football now and wants that to continue.
Despite the obvious rivalry between the two clubs, long-serving Arsene Wenger, who is expected to sign a new deal at the Emirates Stadium, believes he can lure the player to the Gunners. Abraham came from the ranks with Chelsea and Conte now has a decision to make. He’ll need a bigger squad next season with them entering the Champions League and he could have a role to play.
Abraham will turn 20 in October and is entering that point in his career where he needs to be playing week in, week out to further aid his development. Last season proved that he has the potential and obvious talent, but it is hoped he’ll now continue that and hopefully break into the England team one day.