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Star Mikel Arteta was once ‘desperate’ to sign put up for sale amid Arsenal interest

The striker could be on their shopping list once more this summer

Roma have put striker Tammy Abraham up for sale as they look to find a way to comply with financial fair play regulation after it was confirmed that they will not be playing Champions League football next season.

The Italian side fell to a penalty shoot-out defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final, confirming that they could not qualify for the Champions League next season with no way of catching fourth-placed AC Milan on the final day of the Serie A season.

It means that they will have to cut back on spending, having already been hit with a warning, and they have put star man Abraham up for sale.

The telegraph report that they will accept offers that allow them to recoup almost all of their £35m outlay for the Englishman, who has endured a tricky season in the Italian capital with just eight Serie A goals to his name.

One destination could be a return to London, albeit the Emirates Stadium rather than Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal were reportedly desperate to sign Abraham in 2021, before he made the switch to Roma, but could not shift either Alexandre Lacazette or Eddie Nketiah in time to make space for the then Chelsea man in their squad.

Abraham himself was on the verge of the move too, as he admitted afterwards.

“My focus was on a certain London club”, he explained about his move. “I didn’t have to move anywhere, I was familiar with the area… it was Arsenal. My dad is a massive Arsenal fan, so he was very keen on it, and everything was going well”.

Now available, and with rumours that Mikel Arteta is keen to add a different option to his frontline, it could be a potential move to keep an eye on this summer, though it would likely hinge on the departure of Eddie Nketiah once more.


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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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