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Chelsea have agreed to sell Tammy Abraham to Roma following his slide down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge – but the England forward is holding out for Arsenal.
The Blues have reached an agreement with the Italians in a £34m deal which includes a buyback clause – and Roma general manager Tiago Pinto is expected in London shortly to talk terms.
However, Abraham will not be rushed into deciding his future and favours a move to Arsenal, who are also in the running with the new Premier League season beginning on Friday.
The Gunners have yet to bid for the 23-year-old and need to sell Alexandre Lacazette to make room for him in the squad and on the wage bill.
However, they are confident Abraham wants to join them and that his personal terms will not be an issue.
Chelsea’s preference is to send their Academy graduate abroad as they do not want to strengthen a Premier League rival – but Abraham will not be rushed into deciding his future – despite Roma setting him a deadline to make his mind up.
The Italians have just allowed Edin Dzeko to join Inter Milan as a replacement for Chelsea-bound striker Romelu Lukaku – and it is understood they want an answer from Abraham by this weekend or they will move on to other targets.
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Ironically, Lacazette has been offered to both Roma and Inter but is not currently on the agenda for either club. Meanwhile, Arsenal are closing in on the £24m signing of Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
The Gunners turned their attention to the England international after failing with an approach for Ajax keeper Andre Onana.
And they are now close to signing the 23-year-old in a deal which could reach £30m with add-ons.
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