Edu has reportedly received a welcome boost in the race to sign Tammy Abraham, with Italian side Atalanta pulling out of the race to sign the Chelsea striker.
Abraham, 23, has been linked to move across London this summer as the striker has become surplus to requirements in west London, especially with Chelsea close to announcing their £97.5million signing of Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku.
The Blues have apparently lowered their asking price from £40million to £35million in an attempt to attract interest from across Europe, and that ploy has worked a treat with many clubs now battling it out for the Englishman.
Arsenal and Aston Villa were the main two clubs in the Premier League jousting against each other for the 23-year-old’s signature, but two Italian clubs had joined the race as Lukaku’s proposed transfer has generated a domino effect.
Atalanta and Roma had registered an interest in the academy graduate as they looked to strengthen their frontline- the former more prominently as Inter were initially eager to snap up veteran Duvan Zapata as a potential replacement for the Belgian International.
However, recent developments in Italy have impacted the transfer race in a positive way for Edu and co. as they look to secure the signature of the Premier League marksman with either Alexandre Lacazette or Eddie Nketiah set to leave, with Nketiah linked with a move to Ben White’s former club Brighton and Hove Albion in a £20million move.
Inter owner Steven Zhang’s change in stance from wanting the Bergamo club’s talisman Zapata to now closing in on a deal for Roma’s Edin Dzeko has prompted a chain reaction.
This is because Sky Italia now claim that Gian Piero Gasperini’s side are no longer in the hunt for Abraham with their striker looking likely to stay now due to Inter’s decision.
Despite this being great news for Arsenal, there is now a bigger demand from Mourinho to obtain Dzeko’s replacement, and this has led them on the same path as the Gunners in their pursuit of the Chelsea striker.
The report states that the ex-Chelsea manager likes the England striker and is interested in taking him to the Stadio Olimpico.
Abraham is said to be keen on staying in England and would likely prefer a move to Arsenal if the north London club agree to meet Chelsea’s asking price for him.
Despite falling out of favour under Thomas Tuchel, Abraham scored a total of 12 goals in all competitions last season for the west London side, demonstrating his clinical ability in front of goal.
And now with Atalanta out of the race coupled with Dean Smith’s Villa opting for Danny Ings instead of the Villans’ former loanee, it is now Mikel Arteta vs Mourinho in the one-on-one battle to secure the signing of the unwanted Chelsea forward.
Source by Football London