Romelu Lukaku's €115 million move to Chelsea promised to set off a cascade of transfer rumors, with clubs as far-flung as Roma, PSG, Arsenal, Lazio, and Inter Milan getting caught up in Lukaku's nine-figure transfer. With Lukaku set for a return to Stamford Bridge, Inter immediately turned to a familiar friend for support: Roma striker Edin Dzeko, who already has a two-year deal in place with the Nerazzurri to replace Lukaku.
Dzeko's San Siro switch has sent Roma scrambling to find a suitable replacement for their third all-time leading scorer. From Mauro Icardi to Alexander Isak to Sardar Azmoun, Roma have been casting a wide net in their search for a new striker. While each of those names brings a slightly different profile to the Stadio Olimpico, according to Gianluca Di Marzio, the Giallorossi are going in a different direction:
According to Di Marzio, Roma and Chelsea have a deal in place for Tammy Abraham. The soon-to-be 24-year-old striker has a prolific scoring record at the Championship Level and managed to parlay that success into 21 goals and four assists over the past two Premiership seasons. If Di Marzio's reporting is correct, Roma will welcome Abraham to the Italian capital on a two-year loan for an initial €5 million fee with a further €30 to €35 million required to make the transfer permanent, though the exact formula and payment schedule have yet to be determined.
Don't go ordering your Abraham kits just yet, though, as he reportedly prefers a transfer to Chelsea's bitter rivals, Arsenal. While Chelsea may prefer to sell Abraham abroad, it may take some convincing from Mourinho and Tiago Pinto to land the England international.