Arsenal’s search for a striker to replace Alexandre Lacazette is a story which is set to dominate the headlines as the summer transfer window approaches. A new name which is emerging as a real prospect for the Gunners is Roma and England striker Tammy Abraham and football.london understands the 24-year-old could be available for £67 million.
Abraham has made a good impression so far in Italy, scoring 15 goals in 33 games so far at Stadio Olimpico under Jose Mourinho including a brace in the Rome derby against Lazio last month. His impressive scoring record is similar to the form he showed under Frank Lampard at Chelsea in the 2019/20 season where he scored 15 goals in 33 games.
Arsenal technical director Edu and Mikel Arteta will also be impressed by his prolific scoring record throughout his career with an impressive 89 goals in 200 games. This will be exactly the kind of profile Arsenal will be looking for, with Lacazette having scored just four premier league goals so far this season.
Last summer, before his move to Roma, Manchester City’s Jack Grealish was asked about a potential move for the 6″3″ forward with a move to Aston Villa following a successful loan move in 2018/19 and he said of his former teammate:“Unbelievable. Couldn’t believe how good he was with the ball for how tall he is. Loved playing with him.”
Abraham has been an impressive link-up player as well as goal scorer with his rangy frame beneficial to holding the ball up for wingers running ahead. This would be ideal to combine with the pace and goal scoring ability in behind the defence which Emile Smith-Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli all possess. Abraham has linked up with Smith-Rowe and Saka at international level with England as well.
Another benefit of signing Abraham would be his aerial prowess, with Arsenal having lacked a player with such skills ever since Olivier Giroud left for Chelsea in 2018. Also to be overlooked is the fact that Abraham is a Londoner and recently told talkSPORT that he would like to play in the country once more.
He said: “I can keep getting linked with many clubs but who knows what the future holds? Of course I grew up in England, I’m a London boy. So maybe one day I’ll be back in the Premier League to make noise there.”