Edin Dzeko's illustrious Roma career is about to come to a rather strange ending. Days after agreeing to terms with Inter Milan on a transfer for the 35-year-old Roma legend, the Giallorossi appeared set to snap up his replacement in the form of Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham. The 24-year-old Englishman has plenty of suitors, but Roma and Chelsea hammered out the framework of a two-year loan, one in which the Giallorossi would pay €5 million upfront with a further €30 to €35 million due over the course of multiple years.
That was last night when everything seemed hunky-dory. This morning, we were greeted by the news that, while Roma and Chelsea were on the same page, Abraham was reticent to leave his homeland and prefers a move to Arsenal. In what basically amounts to a bizzaro world, Abraham reportedly has a personal deal in place with Arsenal but no accord has been struck between the Gunners and Chelsea. In other words, it's the exact opposite of Roma's predicament, where they have an agreement in place with Chelsea but not Abraham.
Now, under normal circumstances, Roma wouldn't allow Dzeko to leave for Inter until they've officially secured his replacement, but according to Gianluca Di Marzio, Roma are willing to roll the dice:
Earlier this evening, Italian transfer mastermind Gianluca Di Marzio reported that, rather than waiting for his replacement, Roma will allow Dzeko to leave for Inter...immediately. Per Di Marzio, Dzeko will travel to Milan for his medical examination as soon as tomorrow, the final hurdle before the deal is officially made public.
In the same piece, Di Marzio also reports that Abraham, though he may prefer Arsenal, is still weighing his options and will reportedly make a decision after the European Super Cup tomorrow.
Needless to say, letting Dzeko walk before officially landing Abraham is an enormous risk, so Roma must feel confident they can persuade him on the merits of Roma and life in Serie A.
If not, it's back to the drawing board, where the options remain plentiful but time is running short.