- Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Tammy Abraham from Chelsea
- A £40m buyout obligation has been proposed after the initial loan deal
- Abraham, 23, is ready for a move at Chelsea after a fall in the pecking order
- But Arsenal may have to drop at least two forwards to make room for Abraham
- Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Neketia are most like to depart from Emirates
Arsenal will only complete a deal for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham ‘if Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Neketia leave Emirates Stadium this summer’.
The Gunners are interested in signing 23-year-old England international Abraham, who has been dramatically dropped from the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
Manager Mikel Arteta is a fan of Abraham and it has been Arsenal’s intention for several months to strengthen their strike force.
Tammy Abraham has been linked with a transfer from Chelsea to Arsenal – but his switch to London could depend on the Gunners landing the two forwards
Alexandre Lacazette could be one of those forced to make way if Arsenal go ahead for Abraham
Eddie Neketia is another one seeking clarification on his future at Emirates Stadium
It is reported that the deal will take the form of an initial loan which will include a £40million obligation-to-purchase clause.
Arsenal will pay a large part – if not all – of Abraham’s £80,000-a-week salary during the loan.
Abraham, who grew up supporting Arsenal and idolizes club legend Thierry Henry, is set to move to north London, limiting playing time under Thomas Tuchel.
however, as athletic report, With Abrahams final price tag and salary, Arsenal will need to offload some players first.
Arsenal are the favorites to sign Abraham, first on loan but with £40m obligation to buy
Abraham (right) scored in Chelsea’s pre-season game against Peterborough United, but fell down the pecking order under Thomas Tuchel.
Both Lacazette and Neketia have one year left on their current contracts and therefore Arsenal will risk losing them for nothing in the summer of 2022.
The 22-year-old Neketia, who scored six goals in 29 appearances for the club last season, has been handed a new contract but wants assurances about his long-term future before signing it.
There is also reportedly a desire to sell the current number 9, Lacazette, 30, to make way for the incoming striker.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is looking to strengthen his strikeforce ahead of the new season
Abraham, a Chelsea academy graduate, enjoyed a successful season in 2019-20 under Frank Lampard, scoring 18 goals, making frequent starts in the Premier League and Champions League.
However, despite Lampard starting the season as No. 1, Tuchel did not turn out to be in Abraham’s favor when Tuchel liked in the attack with German forward Timo Werner.
Tottenham and West Ham were also interested in signing the striker, who has six England caps but a deal from Arsenal is likely.