Tammy Abraham completes €45m Roma move

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Tammy Abraham has joined Roma from Chelsea for a fee that could eventually reach €45 million (£38m).

Abraham arrived in Rome on Sunday to complete his medical and sign a five-year contract believed to be worth around €4.5m (£3.8m) a season.

Roma confirmed the transfer on Tuesday.

The striker moves for a fee worth €40m plus €5m in bonuses.

Chelsea have included a buyback fee in his contract of €80m (£68m), which will become active in the summer of 2023.

The 23-year-old was considered surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, having never won over manager Thomas Tuchel following his arrival earlier this year.

Tammy Abraham at Chelsea

Tammy Abraham at Chelsea

Abraham received little playing time in the second half of last season and fell even further down the pecking order after Chelsea signed Romelu Lukaku from Inter for a club record fee of €115m (£97m).

The England international replaces Edin Dzeko at Roma, the Bosnia international leaving the Stadio Olimpico to succeed Lukaku at Inter.

Mourinho wins over Abraham

Jose Mourinho convinced Tammy Abraham to join Roma

Jose Mourinho convinced Tammy Abraham to join Roma

Abraham had been hesitant about joining Roma initially, having preferred to stay in London and join the club he supported as a kid – Arsenal.

However, a transfer to the Gunners was always going to be difficult as Chelsea preferred not to sell Abraham to a rival.

It is also understood that Roma manager Jose Mourinho was very persuasive when speaking to Abraham on the phone and eventually he proved decisive in winning the attacker over.

Abraham’s Chelsea career

Abraham had been at Chelsea since he was eight years old. He made his debut in the 2015-16 season and scored 30 goals in 82 games for the club.

He won the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup this year.

He also enjoyed successful loan spells at Bristol City and Aston Villa, and a less successful one at Swansea City.

Abraham has scored one goal in six games for England. He made his debut in 2017 in a friendly against Germany.