ARSENAL plan to offer Alexandre Lacazette to Roma to clear the path for a move for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, according to reports.
Roma boss Jose Mourinho is a big fan of Abraham and it is believed a loan deal has been agreed between the two clubs.
GETTY IMAGESAbraham was an unused sub in Chelsea’s Super Cup win against Villarreal on Wednesday[/caption]
GETTY IMAGESLacazette has been offered to Roma, hoping to steer the Serie A club away from Abraham[/caption]
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According to Calciomercato, The Rome-based club have agreed to pay a £4.2million loan fee with a £29.6m option to buy.
And boyhood club Arsenal appears to be the forward’s favourite destination.
Chelsea would, however, prefer to sell abroad rather than strengthen a rival.
The report states that Arsenal have offered Lacazette to Roma to take the Serie A club out of the running for Abraham – giving the Gunners a clear run.
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But Roma have their hearts set on Abraham who might cost more, but is considerably younger and has less wages than the Frenchman.
Mourinho reportedly called the striker on Tuesday and was told that a decision would be made in the following 48 hours.
Abraham was an unused substitute as Chelsea won the Uefa Super Cup on penalties against Villarreal in Belfast on Wednesday.
And with Romelu Lukaku expected to complete a dramatic return to Chelsea at some point this week, Abraham’s game time will be limited.
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Once Lukaku completes his return to Chelsea, it could create a transfer domino effect.
Abraham could then move to Roma, and then Roma sanction the transfer of Dzeko to Inter.
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