Roma have secured the services of their top target up front after confirming the completion of a deal to sign Tammy Abraham.
After it became clear that Edin Dzeko would be leaving, Roma needed to find a new number nine and Jose Mourinho identified Abraham as his top target.
A deal was quickly struck with Chelsea, who have not given Abraham many opportunities since Thomas Tuchel took charge in January, although work still had to be done on convincing the player.
Abraham began to warm to the transfer, though, and in the end Mourinho’s pressing has been decisive.
After flying to Rome on Sunday, one day after sitting on the bench in Chelsea’s win over Crystal Palace, Abraham has now completed his transfer.
He joins for an initial fee of €40m, which will become a club-record sum once add-ons come into play, surpassing the €42m fee spent on fellow striker Patrik Schick in 2017.
The 23-year-old, whose full name is Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-Abraham, has signed a contract until 2026, taking the number nine shirt from new Inter signing Dzeko.
There have been rumours of a buyback clause in Chelsea’s favour worth €80m in 2023, but neither club mentioned that in their announcements.
Abraham, who has six caps for the England national team, joins a select group of British-born players to represent the club. The London-born forward teams up with compatriot Chris Smalling in the capital and also follows in the footsteps of Welshman John Charles and fellow ex-Chelsea man Ashley Cole.
He told the club website: “You can sense when a club really wants you – and Roma made their interest clear immediately
“Roma is a club that deserves to be fighting for titles and trophies. I’ve had the experience of winning major trophies and I want to be in those competitions again – so I want to help this team to achieve that and get to the level where Roma should be.
“It’s a massive honour to be the No. 9 at this club and I just can’t wait to get started and to help the team.”Embed from Getty Images
General manager Tiago Pinto added: “Despite still being very young, with a huge amount of potential to keep improving, Tammy has already played more than 200 games in his career and scored over 100 goals – and won a number of major trophies too.
“Choosing to leave the Premier League, and the club he grew up at, demonstrates very clearly just how much he believes in this opportunity to develop his own game and show what he can do at Roma.
“Bringing in players that have such a hunger and desire to play for our club is hugely important in helping to build the identity and sense of belonging that is a fundamental part of our overall vision for this team.”
Abraham will certainly have the support of all English Roma fans and everyone else passionate for the club the world over.
Welcome to Roma, Tammy.