Arsenal transfer news: Gunners tried to replace Alex Lacazette with Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham
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Arsenal attempted to sell Alexandre Lacazette and replace him with Tammy Abraham in the summer, according to reports.

Chelsea (opens in new tab) sold Abraham to Roma (opens in new tab) last month for an initial fee of £34m, and the striker has made a fine start to life in Serie A.

The England international has scored one goal and provided two assists in three appearances in Italy's top flight.

Abraham certainly seems to be enjoying life in Italy so far, but the boyhood Arsenal (opens in new tab) fan was said to be interested in a switch to the Emirates Stadium over the summer.

And according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano (opens in new tab), the Gunners were equally keen to make a deal happen.

Mikel Arteta was willing to let Lacazette leave and wanted to bring in Abraham as a replacement.

The Frenchman is out of contract in 2022 and will probably leave Arsenal as a free agent at the end of the campaign.

The north London outfit would have preferred to cash in on him in the window that closed on August 31.

And Arsenal also tried to do everything in their power to bring Abraham to the Emirates.

"They were trying to convince the player and to take his time before joining Roma because they were looking to sell maybe Lacazette or maybe Eddie Nketiah to have a free slot for a new striker with Tammy Abraham," Romano said.

"They were really interested, in talks with the agent, but they were prepared to make a proposal. But they were needing to sell a striker before signing Tammy Abraham.

"They were really, really pushing and pushing, they were trying in every possible way. 

"So, Arsenal were really convinced that they had a chance to sign Tammy Abraham but in football it is not easy to change the mind of the players."

Arteta's side picked up their first win of the season by beating Norwich (opens in new tab) 1-0 on Saturday.

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