Abraham trades Chelsea for Mourinho’s Roma

Roma have completed the sign of Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham for € 40million (£ 34.1million).

Abraham has signed a five-year contract with the Serie A club to fill the void left by Edin Dzeko’s departure from Inter.

Chelsea are said to receive an additional € 5million in bonuses and have the option of re-signing the 23-year-old, who fell further down the pecking order when Romelu Lukaku returned to Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal were linked with Abraham, but he chose to try to revive his career under Jose Mourinho at Rone.

“You can sense when a club really wants you – and Roma immediately showed their interest,” Abraham, who will wear the number nine shirt, told Roma’s official website.

“Rome are a club that deserves to fight for titles and trophies. I have had the experience of winning major trophies and I want to be in these competitions again – so I want to help this team achieve that goal. and to reach the level where the Roma should be.

“It’s a huge honor to be number nine at this club and I can’t wait to start and help the team.”

After scoring 15 Premier League goals for the Blues in the 2020-21 season when Frank Lampard was in charge, Abraham saw his opportunities dwindle under Thomas Tuchel last season.

The 23-year-old only started three league games after Tuchel’s appointment at the end of January, despite not making the round of 16 of the Champions League at all as Chelsea won the trophy in Port.

He also missed the England squad for Euro 2020, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin preferred by Gareth Southgate as a direct replacement for Harry Kane.

Abraham is hoping for the same Serie A success as fellow England international Chris Smalling, who rejuvenated his career with a loan transfer to Roma in 2019-20, which was made permanent last year.

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