Report: Arsenal set to make surprise signing of £34m-rated Premier League striker


Arsenal look set to make a stunning move for a Premier League striker.

The Gunners have started to complete signings in the shape of Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga, and it’s not going to stop there.

According to The Sun, Arsenal are emerging as favourites to sign Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham. The 23-year-old has been subject of interest from Arsenal, West Ham, and Tottenham, but it seems now that Chelsea are willing to let their forward go to bitter rivals Arsenal.

They say Chelsea are prepared to sanction an initial loan deal, with an obligation to buy Abraham next season for around £40million, if he were to make a certain amount of appearances during his time on loan.

Valued at £34.2million on transfermarkt, £40million seems a fairly reasonable valuation for a player of his quality, age and nationality.

Arsenal were thought to be considering a move for a new forward this summer, with Eddie Nketiah expected to leave. Alexandre Lacazette has a year left on his contract and could also possibly be moved on, if an appropriate offer arrived.

Fabrizio Romano however has this evening reported that Arsenal are interested in Abraham, but that no official bid has been submitted and that talks are not advanced, as The Sun reported.

Abraham has fallen out of favour under new boss Thomas Tuchel, but he has a good goal-scoring record in England. On loan in the Championship for Aston Villa, he netted 26 times in 40 games. For Chelsea under Lampard last season, he scored 15 goals in 25 starts and 9 sub appearances. He’s also very strong in the air, standing at 6ft 3′ and averaging 2.2 aerial duels won per 90 across his career – well ahead of Aubameyang (1.2), Lacazette (0.9), and Nketiah (0.4).

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