Edu has reportedly offered £25million-rated striker Alexandre Lacazette out to Roma in a last-ditch attempt to lure Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham to the club this summer.
Abraham, 23, has been heavily linked to joining Jose Mourinho in Serie A for the upcoming season, with it being reported that the two clubs had agreed on a £34m fee for a potential transfer.
It has even been reported in The Athletic that Roma’s general manager Tiago Pinto was expected in London over the next 48 hours to put the finishing touches on the deal.
This has reportedly prompted Arsenal director Edu to take action as Mikel Arteta is a big fan of the 23-year-old and as a result, is keen to sign him this summer ahead of a potentially challenging Premier League season that lies ahead.
The signings of Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga and full-back Nuno Tavares have made up the Gunners’ transfer business this term so far, with it being understood that a back-up goalkeeper, an attacking midfielder and striker could be added to the roster before the transfer window closes on August 31.
football.london understands that Abraham’s preference is to remain in England this summer instead of moving abroad, but a potential move to the Emirates Stadium relies solely on a striker departing the club in what remains in this transfer season.
Eddie Nketiah has most recently been linked to a £20m move to the south coast to join Brighton and Hove Albion, but it seems that Lacazette could be the one to depart with the latest developments.
Calciomercato, via Sports Witness, are reporting that the ex-Lyon striker, who’s ‘out of Mikel Arteta’s plans’ was offered to the Giallorossi, as it’s said his departure from the Emirates Stadium could ‘make room’ for Abraham’s arrival.
The report goes on to add that the Italian club now find themselves at a ‘crossroad’ because Lacazette makes €4m per season. Meanwhile, Abraham’s transfer would be more expensive but would have a smaller salary.
Arsene Wenger’s signing of the forward for £50m was frowned upon at the time as Arsenal’s legendary manager fended off competition from Manchester United, who ended up signing soon-to-be new Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku at the time instead of Lacazette.
A United source revealed to Daily Express back in 2017 why the ex-Ligue 1 striker would not have been a good signing for the Red Devils: “Lacazette was followed because he was top scorer in French football – but a lot of his goals were penalties [10 of his 28 goals last season came from the spot].
“In the end he wasn’t considered because he has no stamina, no physical impact and isn’t a big-game player.”
It was a scathing assessment of a forward who has had an indifferent time during his tenure so far in north London.
He has scored a total of 65 goals in 170 games so far in the red of white of Arsenal and as a result of mixed form over the years, is now touted to make an exit this summer to help Edu and co. in their pursuit of trying to steal Abraham under the nose of Roma.
The 30-year-old is currently valued by transfermarkt at around £25.2m, therefore a loan with obligation to buy may be the compromise required for Mourinho’s side to see this deal as a viable one.