Tammy Abraham ‘wanted to join Arsenal’ after private call with Jose Mourinho

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Roma-bound Chelsea star Tammy Abraham told colleagues that he wanted to join Premier League rivals Arsenal, according to reports. Phone calls with Roma boss Jose Mourinho have instead convinced him to join the Serie A side in a £34million transfer.

Abraham has sought a departure from Stamford Bridge after failing to navigate his way into Thomas Tuchel’s plans.  

After Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in January, the 23-year-old played in only seven matches across all competitions and added just one more goal to the 11 he scored under the latter.  

The German head coach often preferred Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud and even Kai Havertz as the focal point of his attack. 

Abraham was left out of the matchday squads for both the FA Cup and Champions League finals, which accelerated his decision to leave.  

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Chelsea have now agreed a £34m deal to sell the England international to Roma.  

However, The Athletic report that Abraham was set on a move to Arsenal and even told colleagues of his wish to leave for the Emirates Stadium. 

Arsenal did not make an offer and he is instead set to reunited with Mourinho in the Italian capital. 

The report continues that the former Chelsea boss held phone conversations with Abraham to convince him to join Roma. 

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A deal which will see Abraham earn around £98,000 per week has been finalised. Chelsea have a buy-back option but it can only be activated after two seasons and will cost £68m. 

The Blues’ £97.5m capture of Romelu Lukaku is likely to have been the last straw for Abraham, who has been pushed even further down Tuchel’s striking options.  

Lukaku has re-joined Chelsea 10 years after he first arrived as an 18-year-old. 

Tuchel has wanted an elite forward after seeing midfielder Jorginho top their Premier League scoring charts with just seven goals. Each of them were penalties. 

Meanwhile, Arsenal might regret the decision not to sign Abraham. The Gunners started the new season with a dismal 2-0 defeat against newly promoted Brentford.  

Forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed the game through illness. Both players’ futures are in doubt, especially after the latter scored only 10 league goals last season.  

Boss Mikel Arteta appeared to take a swipe at his senior players following the defeat, claiming that his youngsters “were doing everything they can” to turn around the result.  

“I’m disappointed. We started the season against a good opponent,” he told BBC Sport.

“I don’t think we deserved anything different. They scored from a long throw-in and we didn’t have enough presence in the box. 

“The first goal gave them some hope. We wanted to play better in the second half but we need many more shots on target, then we conceded on a set-piece. 

“A lot of young boys were doing everything they can.  

“For some of them it was the first experience in the league – that says a lot.”
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