Arsenal report: Gunners ready to tempt Roma's Tammy Abraham back to England with £50m bid
Mikel Arteta's side will make a move for the England international if they finish in the top four
Arsenal are preparing a £50 million bid for Roma striker Tammy Abraham, according to reports, but the move is dependent on Champions League qualification.
The Gunners (opens in new tab)took a huge step towards finishing fourth on Saturday when they beat Manchester United (opens in new tab) 3-1, and Tottenham (opens in new tab)were held to a 0-0 draw by Brentford (opens in new tab).
Those results left Mikel Arteta’s side two points clear of Spurs in fourth with five games remaining, and the Star (opens in new tab)reports that a top-four finish could see Abraham return to the Premier League.
Arsenal are ready to offer £50m for the striker if they qualify for the Champions League after missing out on him last summer.
Chelsea (opens in new tab) have a £68m buy-back option available, but the Gunners think they can convince Roma to make a quick profit on the player just one year into his five-year deal.
The England international sealed a £34 million move to Roma from Chelsea last summer and he has enjoyed a superb maiden season in Italy.
Abraham has scored 24 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions under Jose Mourinho, a club record tally for a debut season.
The 24-year-old is happy in the Italian capital, but Champions League football could be an alluring prospect and is unlikely to be something Roma can offer him next season.
Mourinho’s side are five points outside the top four with four games remaining, and fourth-placed Juventus (opens in new tab)have a game in hand.
Abraham could still end the season with silverware though, as the Giallorossi face Leicester City (opens in new tab) in the Europa Conference League semi-finals next week.
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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.