17/08/2021; 6:36 AM By : Steven D. Thompson
Jose Mourinho finally lands Tammy Abraham in a £34m deal. The arrival of the Portuguese at Roma after a topsy-turvy affair at Tottenham Hotspurs is perhaps a chance to correct the wrongs of the past. The ‘special one’ will not look at his last forays in England with fond memories. The two-time UEFA Champions League winning manager is keen to return to winning trophies and has found an ally in AS Roma.
Jose has been in the hunt for a striker, and the pursuit of Tammy Abraham has finally yielded dividends as the young Englishman has all but signed for the club.
Mourinho arrived at Roma with the desire to return the club to the top echelon of Italian and world football. To achieve his goal, the former Manchester United manager quickly mapped out a plan, which included bringing in certain players. The first player to walk in the door to kick start the Mourinho era at Roma was Rui Patricio for €11.50m.
Other players that followed are Eldor Shomurodov from Genoa, Matías Viña from Palmeiras, and Roger Ibañez from Atalanta. The Portuguese, however, failed to land Arsenal midfield lynchpin Granit Xhaka.
In need of a striker, Roma set their eyes on Tammy Abraham, who was no longer in the good graces at Stamford Bridge. The club wanted an initial loan with an obligation to buy deal, which was rejected by the London side, who wanted an outright sale to balance their books. At the time, Tammy Abraham was still undecided about leaving Chelsea but recent events more or less put him to perspective.
With Chelsea in the pursuit of Romelu Lukaku, Abraham, who had enjoyed limited game time under Thomas Tuchel, was bound to fall further down the pecking order. A move away from Stamford Bridge was obvious, but the 23-year-old dilly-dallied waiting for an approach from Arsenal.
Roma agreed to a £34m deal to sign Tammy Abraham from Chelsea, but the player asked for time to consider the deal. It took Roma general manager Tiago Pinto meeting with the striker in London before Abraham was convinced he would be a key component of Jose Mourinho's plans.
As per Sky Sports, Abraham will now sign a five-year contract worth £4m a year after tax. Chelsea also managed to insert an €80m buyback clause in the deal to be triggered in the summer of 2023.
Abraham, who enjoyed game time under former boss Frank Lampard saw his opportunities disappear with the arrival of Thomas Tuchel. He knew his days at Chelsea were numbered, but he hoped to remain in London by joining Arsenal. Chelsea, however, preferred not to strengthen the enemy.
Thomas Tuchel has accepted responsibility for Abraham's lack of opportunities last season. He agreed that it was his fault for not trusting the young man enough.