‘It was Arsenal’: Tammy Abraham had his heart set on a move to his dad’s boyhood club in 2021, then Jose Mourinho called

Tammy Abraham Jose Mourinho Roma
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When Tammy Abraham was preparing to leave Chelsea in the summer of 2021, eager for regular first-team minutes after falling out of favour under Thomas Tuchel, Arsenal were in pole position to sign the striker. 

Then, an unexpected phone call came through, causing Abraham to re-evaluate his decision entirely. On the other end of the phone was Jose Mourinho, and the Roma manager wanted Abraham with him in Italy as a matter of urgency. 

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Ryan Dabbs
Staff writer

Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future.