Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia has beamed from ear to ear since Romelu Lukaku’s blockbuster signing from Inter Milan was confirmed on Thursday. What it also means, however, is that one of the club’s own academy products, Tammy Abraham, is set to find himself a new home. So far, the situation carries the hallmarks of an all too familiar story.
Lukaku’s £98million move to lead the line for the Blues this season is likely to be the nail in the coffin of Abraham’s Chelsea career.
Roma look to be the most likely destination for the 23-year-old, as the more logical club for Chelsea to deal with compared to London rivals Arsenal.
As a boyhood Gunners fan, perhaps a big part of the Englishman fancied the move to north London, but a stint out in Serie A could do him a world of good.
Without the pressure of playing for his childhood team, Abraham would be able to concentrate strictly on football in the Italian capital while out of the Premier League spotlight.
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However, Chelsea’s embarrassment of riches up top has left them in a sticky situation.
Manchester City found themselves in a similar predicament when it came to Jadon Sancho in 2017.
By all accounts, everyone at the club knew practically for a fact that the winger would go on to play at the very highest level.
With Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane both in their early twenties and firing on all cylinders, they practically had no choice but to let Sancho go for a meagre £8m.
Naturally, with hindsight, the decision looks like a mistake, but all parties knew that he was not going to get the game time his talent deserved while at the Etihad.
The same is essentially true of Abraham – Chelsea are letting him go in full knowledge that he could double or triple his value after a couple of seasons where he performs to his true potential.
Supposedly, one element that Granovskaia may have learned from City’s situation is the insistence on a buyback clause.
Pep Guardiola’s side were forced to watch on as Sancho sealed a move to bitter rivals Manchester United this summer, although they did scoop up 15% of the £73m fee.
Chelsea are reportedly keen to make it a key feature of Abraham’s exit, meaning that although they could regret letting the youngster go, they could have an avenue to claw him back.