Tammy Abraham may not have the same in-game stature as Romelu Lukaku or Erling Haaland, but it looks like he has a plethora of options to choose from in this transfer window nonetheless.
The 23-year-old is set to leave Chelsea this summer, with Belgian star Lukaku now increasingly likely to make a sensational return to Stamford Bridge seven years after his departure.
Abraham has been largely excluded from the first-team photo since Thomas Tuchel joined the Champions League winners in January, but that hasn’t led the Blues to soften their stance on transfer fees.
Tammy Abraham looks set to leave Chelsea this summer, with a slew of clubs interested
Chelsea value Abraham at around £ 40million and while no club have so far made an effort to match that price, as many as nine clubs have been linked with the England striker.
Leicester and Aston Villa were among those teams, but having signed Patson Daka and Danny Ings respectively, it is now extremely unlikely that these clubs will increase their interest.
But Southampton have reportedly joined the race for Abraham after losing Ings, while Sportsmail revealed earlier this week, Atalanta joined Arsenal, West Ham and Tottenham in the race for his signing.
Right here, Sportsmail see which side might be best suited to be Abraham’s next club…
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THE CHANCES OF THE NEXT TAMMY ABRAHAM CLUB
Atalante – 1/3
Southampton – 3/1
Arsenal – 7/1
Villa Aston – 14/1
West Ham – 14/1
Inter Milan – 20/1
Crystal Palace – 25/1
Dortmund – 33/1
Man Utd – 50/1
Everton – 50/1
Leicester – 50/1
* courtesy of Betfair
Sportsmail revealed on Wednesday that Atalanta will offer Chelsea £ 25million plus bonuses for Abraham.
The Serie A side are also expected to discuss the move when they arrive in London for a pre-season friendly against West Ham on Saturday.
Interest in the Italian side has apparently emerged due to the domino effect expected to occur once the Blues find the money to sign Lukaku, with Inter Milan wanting Duvan Zapata as the Belgian’s replacement.
The Colombian scored 19 goals in all competitions last season and possesses strength in the air and speed on the ground to confuse most defenses.
Abraham could replace Duvan Zapata at Atalanta with the Colombian set to join Inter
Abraham has attracted attention with his speed in previous seasons although there are calmer forwards on the blocks, and at 6-foot-3 certainly provides an aerial presence.
The England star has scored 30 goals in his last two seasons, which doesn’t compare favorably to the 38 Zapata scored. Still, Abraham has only made six Premier League appearances under Tuchel and has shown a sense of goal.
How he would adapt to Italian football remains to be seen, but the raw ingredients are there for Abraham to be a great replacement for Zapata should the latter end up moving to San Siro.
Probability score: 4/5
With the Gunners’ ambitious plans to land Lautaro Martinez with the news of Lukaku’s imminent departure, they could be brought back to a striker who supported them in their childhood.
The north London side has shown interest in Abraham, but his ability to sign him to a permanent deal – something the Blues seem to be privileging – will likely hinge on their ability to sell their current attackers.
Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah both entered the last 12 months of their contract but didn’t generate much interest this summer, which thwarted any potential move from a forward.
Arsenal unlikely to sign Abraham if Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah aren’t sold
The Gunners will also be careful not to prevent Folarin Balogun from becoming a regular first-team player after signing a new four-year deal earlier in the year, while captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli are from other center-forward options.
Abraham would add more of an air presence to an attack by Arsenal which is desperately lacking in ability in the air and the ability to challenge opposition defenses from set pieces.
What’s more, his winning goal in this weekend’s Mind Series friendly at Emirates Stadium demonstrated that he can also finish with his feet when others come close to him,
However, unless there is a late interest in Lacazette and Nketiah, and if Atalanta doesn’t move quickly, a move to his childhood club seems unlikely for Abraham.
Probability score: 2/5
Danny Ings’ shocking £ 25million move to Aston Villa saw the West Midlands side withdraw their interest in Abraham, but they were replaced by Southampton.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men are on the hunt for a goal scorer after losing Ings, 29, who scored 14 goals for club and country in 2020-21.
The Austrian told the Southern Daily Echo of the move: “It was no shock to me as we are always kept up to date with what is going on behind the scenes.
Danny Ings shock move to Aston Villa could open Southampton door for Abraham
“It was clear that we had a player who didn’t want to sign for us anymore. I have to say it’s fantastic that we were getting a lot of money for him.
“I want to thank you for the time he spent for us. We can replace it with the money we have.
The Saints are therefore in a better position than most to respond to Chelsea’s assessment, but may have different skills than Ings, who prefers to run behind center-backs.
But there are few better top-ready forwards the Saints could attract than Abraham, and the forward certainly has the qualities to play in a Ralph Hasenhuttl style while on the move and add variety to their offense.
Probability score: 3/5
The lack of time left in the window and Daniel Levy’s reluctance to sell Harry Kane to a Premier League rival make this move incredibly unlikely.
Manchester City are on the hunt for a large sum of money for the England captain who failed to show up for the preseason on Monday with Nuno Espirito Santo yet to speak to the forward.
Abraham would represent a local replacement for Kane, but to equal the number of winners and gain club icon status is likely to prove too far away for the Chelsea man.
Harry Kane’s potential departure from Tottenham to Man City should take center stage
Nuno succeeded at Wolves with a bigger striker in Raul Jimenez and if he attempts to use a similar system at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with the use of Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura, Abraham could be a suitable option.
But Kane won the Golden Boot and Playmaker awards last season and so filling those shoes is an unenviable task.
Abraham could certainly become his own striker there, but Kane’s potential transfer to the champions is likely to take center stage and he might not last that long given the number of teams involved.
Probability score: 2/5
The first club with Leicester to show interest – reported by Sportsmail in May – to Abraham.
The Foxes took a different path by signing Patson Daka from RB Salzburg, but the Hammers remain interested in the 23-year-old.
Michail Antonio would provide competition for Abraham, but Hammers fans shouted at David Moyes to bring in another striker due to the former’s poor hamstring injury record.
Sebastien Haller left West Ham almost seven months ago and Antonio has proven to be a prolific force in front of goal after being converted from a winger.
West Ham are looking for a competition for Michail Antonio, who suffers from injuries
Abraham would only add to their presence on set pieces and would also be able to finish runs for Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma.
But the Hammers have been unwilling to come close to Chelsea’s £ 40million valuation and while that may drop as the end of the window approaches, the Blues will still want to recoup significant fees.
A compromise to be found would not seem out of the question but it is the financial aspect rather than the way it would fit in east London that would prevent this move from happening.
Probability score: 3/5