- Tammy Abraham came through Chelsea's academy and broke into the first team
- He left his boyhood club for AS Roma due to lack of games under Thomas Tuchel
- The English-born striker has now hinted at a return to England after just two years
Chelsea were reputable lavish spenders in the transfer market under former owner, Roman Abramovich. New co-owner, Todd Boehly picked up the same habit, spending about £600 million in his first two windows.
The club has one of the best academies in the world, but its products were constantly frustrated with being constantly loaned out - a situation which paused briefly when the Blues were hit with a transfer ban in the 2019/20 season.
Club legend, Frank Lampard returned to the club as manager and utilised the club's academy players to fill the voids. He gave debuts to eight graduates including Mason Mount, Reece James, Fikayo Tomori, and Tammy Abraham.
Lampard left midway through the second season and was replaced by Thomas Tuchel. Abraham then left for AS Roma due to a lack of playing time for £34 million, as reported by BBC Sports.
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Abraham hints at EPL return
In his first season in Rome, Abraham scored 19 goals and provided five assists in all competitions, helping Jose Mourinho's side win the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League.
He has since grown frustrated due to a lack of playing time and increased competition by the presences of Paulo Dybala, Andrea Belotti, and Eduardo Bove.
According to Sky Italia, Manchester United and Aston Villa are interested in bringing Abraham back to England, with Chelsea also considering activating his €80 mil release clause.
His recent interview suggests he could be open to a return to English football.
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“In football, never say never. Right now, my goal and my attention is on Roma: we want to finish the season well. I haven’t even started thinking about anything other than just being here and doing my best,” he told FourFourTwo, as quoted by Football Italia.
“I wouldn’t say there are any loose ends in England; I’m in no rush. Maybe I’ll stay at Roma for the next ten years, or maybe not. You never know what’s around the corner,” he added.
Arsenal interested in Abraham
Sports Brief also reported that Arsenal are interested in bringing Abraham back to England and could make a move this summer for the London-born striker.
Roma will demand a fee of €80 mil and interested clubs would have to contend with Chelsea, who have a clause that would be active by the end of the season.
Sports Brief also reported on four other targets the Gunners are considering signing on to help bolster their efforts on the attacking line for the next season.