Report: Arsenal may have to pay £40m and £3m-a-year in wages to sign Chelsea man

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham by @cfcunofficial (Chelsea Debs) London from London, UK, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Arsenal aren’t short of strikers with Alexandra Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Eddie Nketiah at their disposal, but Lacazette reportedly wants out of the Emirates, Aubameyang has struggled for consistency and Nketiah isn’t trusted to lead the line regularly.

As a result, the Gunners may need to strengthen their attack ahead of the 2021/22 campaign and the Telegraph say Tammy Abraham is on their wishlist. The 23-year-old has been offered out by Chelsea after falling down the pecking order under Thomas Tuchel and would be open to joining his supported team.

Lacazette has one year remaining on his deal at Arsenal and could leave for nothing next year if not sold. It’s unlikely the Gunners will hand him a contract extension, however, so they have no other choice but to cash in early.

Aubameyang signed a new deal in 2020 and is happy to stay in North London, but he’s 32 years of age and is coming off the back of an underwhelming campaign – 10 goals in 29 Premier League games.

Nketiah amassed only 413 minutes of league football last season, spending most of 2020/21 on the bench or out of the matchday squad, so he seems surplus to requirements.

Abraham would strengthen Arsenal’s attack, but he’s not had the best season either. The England international scored just six goals in 22 league games at Chelsea and ended up being dropped by his manager. Abraham failed to make England’s 26-man squad for Euro 2020 too.

Arsenal are still interested, however, and will be able to land his signature if they meet his £40m asking price. The 23-year-old earns only £57k-per-week/£3m-a-year too, so he wouldn’t break the club’s wage structure.

The Gunners may have to act quickly to lure him away from Stamford Bridge as Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur have been offered Abraham, so there may be a transfer race this summer.