Personal terms agreed as Arsenal edge closer to securing 4th summer signing

By on August 11, 2021

According to the Mirror, Arsenal have agreed personal terms with Tammy Abraham and the striker is holding out for a move to north London despite Roma agreeing a fee with Chelsea.

Mikel Arteta knows he needs to further strengthen the squad before the window closes if Arsenal are to compete for the European places this season. The three signings we’ve made so far aren’t enough so more additions are needed and a new striker is seemingly on the agenda.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been miss-firing over the past 12 months while Alexandre Lacazette’s future is in serious doubt as he has just one year left on his contract and is not expected to sign an extension.

Eddie Nketiah is also in the last year of his contract and is being linked with a move away this summer, so Arsenal are expected to sell at least one of Nketiah or Lacazette in order to make room for a new forward.

Abraham has emerged as a prime target in recent weeks but it looked as though we may miss out as Sky Sports News reported earlier this week that Roma have agreed a £34m deal with Chelsea.

However, the Mirror says Abraham is yet to give the green light to the Roma move as he’s holding out for a transfer across London to Arsenal and has now agreed personal terms with the Gunners.

The report doesn’t give any details about how much the contract is worth but the Mirror does say Arsenal are yet to meet Chelsea’s valuation with the Blues demanding closer to £40m from their London rivals.

No more than £34m

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If they’re prepared to sell Abraham to Roma for £34m and the striker wants to join us, then Arsenal shouldn’t pay a penny more than £34m. In fact, there’s a decent argument to suggest we should pay less IF Abraham insists on a move to the Emirates.

The 23-year-old looks certain to leave Stamford Bridge as he’s fallen out of favour since Thomas Tuchel arrived and will fall even further down the pecking order when Romelu Lukaku seals his proposed move to Chelsea.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Abraham as I don’t think he’s good enough technically, but you can’t deny he’s the profile of striker we need. He’s young, quick, home-grown, has a presence up front and an eye for goal. 30 goals in his last two seasons as a bit-part player for Chelsea is a solid return.

Let’s see how things go but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Abraham end up joining Arsenal if we can offload Nketiah and/or Lacazette.