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Tammy Abraham: Which club would the best fit be for the Chelsea and England striker?

Published on: 05 August 2021

Tammy Abraham may not hold the same stature in the game as Romelu Lukaku or Erling Haaland, but it appears he nevertheless has a plethora of options to choose from in this transfer window.

The 23-year-old is expected to leave Chelsea this summer, with Belgium star Lukaku now increasingly likely to make a sensational return to Stamford Bridge seven years on from his departure.

Abraham has been largely frozen out of the first-team picture since Thomas Tuchel's arrival at the Champions League winners in January, but that has not resulted in the Blues softening their stance on a transfer fee.

Chelsea value Abraham at around £40m and while no club so far has strived to match that price tag, no fewer than nine clubs have been linked with the England striker.

Leicester and Aston Villa were among those sides but having signed Patson Daka and Danny Ings, those clubs are now extremely unlikely to firm up their interest.

But Southampton are believed to have joined the race for Abraham after losing Ings, while Sportsmail revealed earlier this week Atalanta have joined the likes of Arsenal, West Ham and Tottenham in the race for his signature.

Here, Sportsmail looks at which side may be best suited to be Abraham's next club...


Sportsmail revealed on Wednesday that Atalanta are set to offer Chelsea £25m plus bonuses for Abraham.

The Serie A side are also expected to discuss the move when they arrive in London for a pre-season friendly against West Ham on Saturday.

The Italian outfit's interest has emerged seemingly due to the domino effect that is expected to take place once the Blues stump up the cash to sign Lukaku, with Inter Milan wanting Duvan Zapata as the Belgian's replacement.

The Colombian scored 19 goals across all competitions last season and possesses strength in the air and speed on the ground to trouble most defences.

Abraham has caught the eye with his speed in previous seasons although there are pacier strikers on the blocks, and at 6ft 3in certainly provides an aerial presence.

The England star has netted 30 goals in his last two seasons, which does not compare favourably to the 38 netted by Zapata. Yet Abraham played just six Premier League games under Tuchel and has showed a nous for goalscoring.

How he would adapt to Italian football remains to be seen but the raw ingredients are there for Abraham to be an excellent Zapata replacement if the latter does end up moving to San Siro.

Likelihood rating: 4/5Arsenal

With the Gunners' ambitious plans to land Lautaro Martinez all but over with the news of Lukaku's imminent departure, they could be led back to a striker who supported them as a boy.

The north London side have registered an interest in Abraham but their ability to sign him on a permanent deal - which is what the Blues appear to favour - is likely to rest on their ability to sell their current strikers.

Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah have both entered the final 12 months of their deal but have not attracted much interest this summer, which has frustrated any potential move for a striker.

The Gunners will also be mindful not to block the path of Folarin Balogun into becoming a first-team regular after he signed a new four-year deal earlier in the year, while captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli are other centre forward options.

Abraham would add more of a aerial presence to an Arsenal attack that desperately lacks ability in the air and the ability to challenge opposition defences from set-pieces.

Moreover, his winning goal in the Mind Series friendly at the weekend at the Emirates Stadium demonstrated he can finish with his feet too when others are closing in around him,

However, unless late interest comes in for Lacazette and Nketiah, and if Atalanta do not move quickly, a move to his boyhood club appears unlikely for Abraham.

Likelihood rating: 2/5Southampton

Danny Ings' shock £25m move to Aston Villa has seen the West Midlands outfit withdraw their interest in Abraham, but they have been replaced by Southampton.

Ralph Hasenhuttl's men are in search of a goalscorer after losing Ings, 29, who netted 14 goals for club and country in 2020-21.

The Austrian told the Southern Daily Echo about the move: 'It was not a shock for me as we are always informed about what is going on behind the scenes.

'It was clear we had a player who didn't want to sign for us anymore. I must say it is fantastic that we get a lot of money for him.

'I want to say thank you for the time he played for us. We can replace him with the money we have got.'

The Saints are therefore better placed than most to meet Chelsea's valuation, but perhaps has a different skill set to Ings, who favours running in behind the centre-backs.

But there are few better, top-flight-ready strikers the Saints could attract than Abraham, and the forward certainly possesses the qualities to play in an all-action Ralph Hasenhuttl style and add variety to their attack.

Likelihood rating: 3/5Tottenham

A lack of time remaining in the window and Daniel Levy's reticence to sell Harry Kane to a Premier League rival make this an incredibly unlikely move.

Manchester City are looking for a mega-money move for the England captain who did not turn up for pre-season on Monday, with Nuno Espirito Santo yet to speak to the striker.

Abraham would represent a homegrown replacement for Kane but to match the number of winners and earn the status as the club's icon is likely to prove a stretch too far for the Chelsea man.

Nuno did succeed at Wolves with a taller striker in Raul Jimenez and if he attempts to utilise a similar system at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with the use of Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura out wide, Abraham could represent a suitable option.

But Kane won the Golden Boot and Playmaker awards last season and therefore filling those shoes is an unenviable task.

Abraham could certainly grow into becoming his own forward there, but Kane's potential move to the champions is likely to take centre stage and he may not hold on that long given the number of teams interested.

Likelihood rating: 2/5West Ham

The first club along with Leicester to register their interest - reported by Sportsmail in May - in Abraham.

The Foxes have gone down a different route by signing Patson Daka from RB Salzburg but the Hammers remain interested in the 23-year-old.

Michail Antonio would provide competition for Abraham, but Hammers fans have been screaming out for David Moyes to bring in another forward due to the former's poor hamstring injury record.

Sebastien Haller left West Ham nearly seven months ago and Antonio has proved to be a prolific force in front of goal after being converted from a winger.

Abraham would only add to their presence at set pieces and similarly be able to get on the end of Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma's runs.

But the Hammers have been unwilling to get anywhere near Chelsea's £40m valuation and while that could drop as the end of the window approaches the Blues will still want to recoup a hefty fee.

A compromise being reached would not appear out of the question but it is the financial aspect rather than how he would fit in in east London that would prevent this move from happening

Likelihood rating: 3/5


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