With just over a fortnight remaining of the summer transfer window, Arsenal are looking to seal last minute deals, with their actions perhaps now being intensified by Friday night’s defeat to Brentford.
football.london understands that a creative midfielder has been identified as a priority for the Gunners between now and the end of the month, with a formal offer for Martin Odegaard expected to go in very soon.
A back-up goalkeeper is also wanted by Mikel Arteta, but a deal for a new striker has also been mentioned by numerous media outlets throughout the summer transfer window.
One name that refuses to go away is Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.
The 23-year-old is now into the final two years of his contract at Stamford Bridge and was left frustrated under Thomas Tuchel last season, with the England international only featuring seven times under the German coach following his appointment in January.
So, a move for Abraham does look likely, but the Chelsea academy graduate is not short of admirers.
Roma and Atalanta are also said to be interested in the striker, and the former seem to be the club furthest down the line in a potential deal.
According to a report from Sky Sports on Saturday morning, the Rome-based club, now managed by Jose Mourinho, are close to sealing a deal, thought to be between €40million (£34m) and €45m (£38m), for Abraham.
However, Arsenal are now said to be trying to beat Roma at the last minute for Abraham and it has left some officials in the Italian capital a tad worried.
A report from Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport states that although Roma are still hopeful they can manage to sign the Blues striker, they are ‘cautious’ by the Gunners’ recent ‘pressing’ to bring the England man to the Emirates Stadium.
Blues boss Tuchel recently spoke about Abraham’s future, but did not directly refer to Roma’s offer for his striker.
He said: “Tammy is right now in the squad. He did some good preparation matches.
“He was clearly not happy with the last half a year and maybe he has reason also not to be happy and maybe it was also my fault not to push him, not to trust him on the same level I maybe trusted other players.
“I can absolutely understand that he wants more minutes.
“So the decision will be ‘how do we plan, what are Tammy’s plans, does he fight his way back into the team from the position where he ended last season or does he want to change club to have the chance of being a regular starter?'”
Source by Football London