Arsenal want £100m Abraham swap deal as Ten Hag makes ex-Chelsea star Man Utd priority

Will Ford
Tammy Abraham of Roma, at the end of the Rome derby

Arsenal are reportedly willing to sacrifice Gabriel Magalhaes to secure the signing of Tammy Abraham this summer, as Erik ten Hag circles for Manchester United.

Eddie Nketiah agreed a new long-term contract to ease the Gunners’ forward woes but Mikel Arteta is desperate to add another striker to his ranks following the departures of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus remains a priority, with Arteta and Edu confident of landing the Brazilian, but there is interest from both Chelsea and Tottenham.

And that’s led to rumours of their interest in Abraham to re-emerge.

The former Chelsea striker was said to be on their radar last summer before his move to team up with Jose Mourinho at Roma.

The England international scored 26 goals in a fine first season for the Italian side, who are now said to value him at between £85m and £100m.

Such a fee would price Arsenal out of a move, but Calciomercatoweb (via TEAMtalk) claim they’re considering using Gabriel as a makeweight in the deal.

The Brazilian has become a key part of Arteta’s side, forming a partnership with Ben White at the heart of the defence.

And that form has led to speculation the 24-year-old could leave Arsenal, with Juventus linked earlier in the window and Barcelona are said to be keeping tabs.

But Arteta has insisted he wants to keep the defender, meaning his use as part of a deal for Abraham seems unlikely.

Elsewhere it’s claimed the Gunners may well face competition for Abraham’s signature with Manchester United also said to be circling.

Il Corriere dello Sport, as per TEAMtalk, believe a move to Old Trafford is more likely.

It’s claimed Erik ten Hag is a ‘massive admirer’ of Abraham and will ‘move for him above all attacking options’.

The new United boss sees the striker as ‘something of a risk-free signing given his excellent record for Chelsea and Aston Villa’.

Abraham scored 26 goals in 40 games for Villa and 30 in 82 games for Chelsea.