Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag and Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel have been urged to sign Roma striker Tammy Abraham by Ally McCoist and Simon Jordan. The Blues’ decision to part with Abraham last summer was also described as a ‘mistake’ attributable to the success he has gone on to enjoy in Serie A.
Before being ushered out of the door, Abraham found himself frozen out at Chelsea with just 22 Premier League appearances in his final season. Having joined up with Jose Mourinho in Rome for £34million, he bagged a sensational 27 goals in all competitions – a club record for a player of their debut campaign.
The Blues were savvy enough to insert a £67m buy-back clause into Abraham’s Roma deal, however it doesn’t turn into energetic for one more 12 months. Jordan, who used to own Premier League side Crystal Palace, claims that Man Utd could exploit a possibility within the meantime.
“Abraham is on a release clause from Roma, and that doesn’t kick in for Chelsea until after season two,” he told talkSPORT. “That doesn’t mean it doesn’t kick in for another person. It’s over the £60m mark in the event that they need to buy him back.
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“Each Chelsea and Manchester United need centre forwards, Abraham has scored 17 or 18 goals for Roma last 12 months, I’m undecided why he shouldn’t be within the conversation for Manchester United or Chelsea. Even sides that clearly have a necessity for a certain sort of player, because I don’t think Raheem Sterling goes to be the reply for Chelsea from a focus.”
The Blues splashed out on Sterling earlier this summer, but the necessity to sign a more orthodox striker has cropped up since parting ways with Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner. The previous has re-signed for Inter Milan on loan, while the latter is closing in on a return to RB Leipzig.
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United’s striker hunt has been a turbulent one with surprise links to Bologna’s Marko Arnautovic recently quashed attributable to a poor reception from fans. Sasa Kalajdzic and Cody Gakpo have been touted as alternative options as Ten Hag seeks to treatment an attacking shortage that might be made worse if Cristiano Ronaldo’s wish to depart Old Trafford is granted.
Alongside Jordan, McCoist is surprised that Abraham’s name has not featured more prominently this summer. “I inform you immediately, if you happen to’re Chelsea, I love them for saying they probably made a mistake, and it was, because we were all scratching our heads on the time,” he told talkSPORT. “It was not as if he wasn’t scoring goals or in any good form. I believe he has been a bit unlucky at Chelsea.
“He has gone to a different country, done exceptionally well, I’m just so satisfied for him. He’s a player I would love to see across the England squad again. I believe he’s a top class player, and he scores goals for fun.”
Roma and Abraham are poised to get their league season underway with a visit to Salernitana on Sunday. There may be extra importance for the striker to proceed his superb form in Serie A, with a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad up for grabs later this 12 months.