Opinion

Is Abraham Set For A Return To England As Mourinho Plans Ahead

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 19: Tammy Abraham of AS Roma looks on prior to the Serie A match between AS Roma and Hellas Verona at Stadio Olimpico on February 19, 2023 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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With AS Roma and Italian Serie A fans enjoying another short break in the domestic calendar to allow the latest round of competitive international action to take place, there has been the usual, and inevitable, spike in news on the transfer rumour mill and one of the latest headlines has concerned striker Tammy Abraham.

The 25 year old, 11 capped England international, came through Chelsea’s Academy graduate system and having had very successful loan spells out with Bristol City and then Aston Villa (helping them back to the Premier League with Play Off promotion from the Championship), game time continued to be scarce at Stamford Bridge, despite his very good English Premier League tally of 21 goals in 37 starts and 21 substitute showings. Most of his successful game time during his many years at the club came during former player and club legend Frank Lampard’s time in charge, but when he was replaced by German gaffer Thomas Tuchel, he again found minutes on the pitch more limited with his role again reducing, and obviously former frustrations again began rising and the likes of promoguy.us would probably have given good odds on Abraham making a swift move at this point.

With Tuchel clearly preferring other options for his forward line, Chelsea quickly moved to bring back Belgian international, and former player, Romelu Lukaku for a reported club record transfer fee of £97.5 million, which at the point made him the seventh most expensive player, the most expensive Belgian player ever signed and even, the most expensive player of all time on a cumulative transfer fee front.

That was understandably the final straw for Abraham, who moved to Roma only four days later for a reported £34 million, and he has adjusted to life in Italy pretty well, scoring 34 goals across all competitions in 76 starts and 15 substitute showings so far in his year and a half with us. He has certainly enjoyed his move far more than the man Tuchel replaced him with.

Ever since he made the move to the Italian capital, he has been pretty regularly linked with a future potential return to the English game, and the very latest side linked with having a potential interest in him are Manchester United as new gaffer Erik ten Hag continues his own rebuild of the former Premier League giants.

Whilst the reported speculation of their interest in him is not exactly concrete, it mainly suggests that he is simply on their potential shortlist of future options and serves as a back up should claimed top targets, Tottenham Hotspur and England captain Harry Kane and Napoli’s Victor Osimhen not come to fruition. However, the alternative rumours suggest that he could well be a top target for a number of of top half sides and when allied to the speculation surrounding Jose Mourinho’s own future at the club, with the claims that he wants assurances on future spending so he can continue to improve and grow his own project here, Abraham is obviously a very saleable asset.

If he is in that much demand come the summer, Roma could use it to their advantage in a bidding war and truly capitalise on his value in order to really give the self styled ‘Special One’ the exact funding guarantees that he apparently wants, if a new longer term managerial deal is to be agreed.

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