Tuesday, January 25, 2022

AC Milan join the race to sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham


AC Milan are closely monitoring the situation of striker Tammy Abraham at Chelsea. The Englishman is most likely to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, as he struggles for playing time.

Abraham has fallen out of favour under manager Thomas Tuchel, who has preferred the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz up front. The 23-year-old forward has not even made the bench in the last few games. He did come in the second half to play 14 minutes against Fulham on Saturday. But that was his first outing since mid-February.

The Blues recorded a solid performance against Fulham, as they won 2-0 at home in the Premier League. The win bolstered their chances of finishing in the top-four, with four league games to go.

They are next in action in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie against Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge. They hold a slight advantage over Real going into the game, after getting that all important away goal in a 1-1 draw last week.

Chelsea players celebrating their win over Fulham. Photo: Independent UK

Abraham’ lack of game time at Chelsea:

After a successful loan spell at Aston Villa in the Championship and guiding them to the Premier League, Abraham returned back to Chelsea at the start of last season. He was a regular feature for Chelsea under former manager Frank Lampard in his first-ever season for his boyhood club.

He started 25 league games, scoring 15 goals and providing three assists. This earned him a solid WhoScored rating of 6.91. He was also the club’s leading top-scoring at the season, as the Blues earned a top-four finish in the league.

But this season, Abraham has struggled with injuries and game time. After the sacking of Lampard in January, Thomas Tuchel took over the reins of the club. And Abraham started falling behind in the pecking order. He has only made 12 league starts this season, still managing to get seven-goal involvements.

But as things stand, the club will likely ship him out, as they search for a new striker. The names like Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku have been mentioned, but Chelsea will have to raise funds before signing any striker.

vbgbvAbraham has struggled under Tuchel. Photo: Football.London

Milan in for Abraham

Chelsea want around £40 million for Abraham to fund their next striker. Both Premier League clubs West Ham United and Leicester City are keen on him. But according to Evening Standard, they could face stiff competition from Italian side AC Milan.

The Serie A giants are ready to test Chelsea’s resolve by making the first move to sign Abraham. They did just tie Zlatan Ibrahimovic down to a new contract. But Sweden’s star is 39-year-old and they only have Rafael Leao as his backup.

Milan also have another Chelsea player Fikayo Tomori on their books when the Englishman joined the Rossoneri on-loan earlier in the season. They have an option to buy him permanently for £28 million and they are confident the deal can be done.

As for Abraham, a move to Milan makes total sense. He will play the majority of their games if fit and can be their number one striker in the future.


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