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Tammy Abraham agrees to join AS Roma, with €80m buy-back option for Chelsea — reports

Done deal?

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Tammy Abraham has agreed to join AS Roma on a five-year contract, according to various reports in Italy. He will become the Giallorossi’s record signing at €40m (plus €5m in add-ons), which is set to be paid in multiple installments but without any loan shenanigans. And in even better news, we have a buy-back clause, which, according to Gianluca Di Marzio is €80m (£68m), though valid only from 2023 onwards. Fair on all counts, it would appear.

Tammy is expected to travel to Rome tomorrow (Saturday) to carry out his medicals and finalize the transfer.

Abraham had delayed this decision as long as he reasonably could, but Arsenal never made a formal offer and he thus gave in to the charm offensive from Roma GM Tiago Pinto and head coach José Mourinho. Roma evidently also upped their offer of wages, perhaps as much as €5m (€6m including bonuses) as per Corriere dello Sport and Gazzetta dello Sport.

He may not be Chelsea’s first-choice at the moment, but at just 23 years old, Tammy is still one of the best young strikers in football, and playing away from the Chelsea spotlight may actually be helpful in his development. Hopefully he can fulfill his ambitions in the Italian capital.

Good luck, Tammy! Hope our paths meet again one day soon!