Roma ‘not considering’ Abraham sale amid Arsenal, Man Utd links

Jason Soutar
Roma striker Tammy Abraham during a match

A €90m bid for Tammy Abraham will not be enough to ‘move’ AS Roma to the negotiation table, according to reports.

Abraham joined Roma last summer for a reported £40m fee and has been in superb form for the Italian side this season.

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He has scored 23 goals in 40 matches across all competitions and was recently called up to the England squad by Gareth Southgate.

Manchester United and Arsenal have both been linked with the 24-year-old, with United said to be ‘particularly interested’ in signing him.

However, Roma manager Jose Mourinho considers Abraham to be ‘essential’ and the Italian club have no intention of selling this summer, according to Calciomercato (via HITC).

Chelsea have a clause to buy the England striker for €80m, a clause that expires at the end of the 2023 summer transfer window.

The Blues bought Romelu Lukaku for a club-record fee in the same window Abraham departed for Rome, so it is unlikely that the London club exercise the buy-back option.

Arsenal and United, on the other hand, are looking to sign a new No. 9 in the upcoming summer window.

The Gunners only have Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah in that position and they are both out of contract at the end of the season.

Elsewhere, Darren Bent believes that Arsenal “wouldn’t swap” Martin Odegaard for Man Utd midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

The Norway international has been in great form for the Gunners this season, helping them to fourth place in the Premier League with five goals and three assists.

Speaking about Fernandes, Bent told talkSPORT: “Of course, he’s been a very good player for Manchester United, but I’m still waiting for him to turn up when they really need him in those big games.”

When asked if he was being harsh on the Portuguese midfielder, Bent added: “No, I wouldn’t – I’ll tell you that right now. No, I would not.

“Right now, I’d rather have Martin Odegaard with the way Arsenal are playing. I’m taking Odegaard in that role for Arsenal. He’s perfect for what Arsenal are doing right now. I wouldn’t swap him for Bruno.”