Arsenal are ready to meet Tammy Abraham’s wage demands to bring the Chelsea striker to the Emirates this summer, according to reports.
The Gunners have emerged as the frontunners to sign Abraham with Blues boss Thomas Tuchel ready to offload the 23-year-old this summer.
Abraham has popped up with regular goals for Chelsea – and shown his ability during loan spells at Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa – but Tuchel appears to be unconvinced, leaving the forward out of a number of his matchday squads last season.
A potential stumbling block in Abraham’s move to Arsenal was his wage demands – he is currently on around £80,000 a week and is said to want around £125,000.
But the Daily Express say Arsenal have indicated in talks that they are prepared to meet Abraham’s demands as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his attacking options.
Abraham has scored 30 goals in 82 appearances for Chelsea and will provide support and competition for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette at Arsenal.
Olivier Giroud’s departure from Stamford Bridge – the Frenchman joined AC Milan earlier this month – appeared to offer a lifeline to Abraham but Tuchel is still willing to offload the England international.
Tuchel, who led Chelsea to Champions League glory last season, is seeking to raise funds for a potential move for Erling Haaland, with the Borussia Dortmund striker valued at more than £150m.
Abraham only started 12 Premier League matches last season and former Chelsea star Tony Cascarino has urged him to leave the Bridge before becoming ‘disillusioned’.
‘He’s got to play football now,’ Cascarino told talkSPORT this week.
‘He’s 23 now, Chelsea have got this conveyor belt of players like Callum Hudson-Odoi, they’ve had Ruben Loftus-Cheek, they’ve had Billy Gilmour go out on loan…to break through into that team which is full of internationals is very hard.
‘Look he’s made the England team as a Chelsea player. He’s only made six appearances and played second fiddle to Harry Kane but I do think Tammy has to move.
‘I was lucky enough to see him at Bristol City and I came away… he scored a lot of goals for them and a lot of goals in the six yard box. So he gets predator-type goals.
‘Tammy is a player that a lot of clubs will want. Whether it’s a loan deal or not, I’m pretty sure Chelsea if they’re wanting to do a big deal elsewhere that they’d want £40-£50m for him. Which might be a big ask in the present climate.
‘But Tammy has got to play. I think it’s a big issue. He’s ended up going down the pecking order. It’s obvious that Tuchel isn’t going to have him part of his plans, certainly in his starting XI.
‘I think he’s not going to make it into the first XI and he’d be fortunate to be a sub. That in itself can make you disillusioned. He’s played quite a lot of football now to just be left aside again.
‘I think he can become disillusioned with his career if he just stays at Chelsea. I think he needs to go and find a move. In some ways you’d want him to say he’d prefer a permanent move because he wants to kickstart his career again.’