Striker takes advantage of Chelsea stance with mammoth wage demand
A report on Friday suggests Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham will demand a whopping £130,000-a-week salary from any club he joins this summer.
The 23-year-old’s future has rarely been out of the headlines this summer. Having slipped down the pecking order under Thomas Tuchel it seemed inevitable that he would be sold. But, with the Blues seeking £40m for the England man, clubs have been reluctant to do a deal.
Those interested are said to be Arsenal, Aston Villa and West Ham United. And the trio were given a boost on Thursday when The Sun claimed the west Londoners were prepared to accept less.
A figure of £35m may now be enough to get a deal over the line. That is good news given the figure the Camberwell-born ace is demanding in wages, according to Football Insider.
And it seems as though it is now personal terms that are preventing a deal from being completed. He currently earns in the region of £50,000-a-week and is eyeing considerably more.
The pandemic has affected finances throughout the football world and Abraham might need to lower his expectations. But his days at Stamford Bridge are surely numbered.
Arsenal prepared to sell star to fund deal
Abraham appears to have a three-way choice of where to play next – but it will probably come down to money. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is trying to strengthen his squad with quality to bounce back from last season’s debacle.
Brighton centre-back Ben White has arrived for £52m while the Gunners forked out nearly £16m on midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga. Left-back Nuno Tavares was a £7.2m capture from Benfica and there may well be more on the way.
The north Londoners might need to sell before they can purchase the man with six England caps. And it was recently reported that they would be willing to sell Alexandre Lacazette to balance the books.
There has been no word on whether the Frenchman will be jettisoned to make way for the Londoner. West Ham were thought to be at the front of the queue to acquire the forward.
But reports on Friday claimed David Moyes has turned his attention to Barcelona striker Martin Braithwaite. However, the one outlet claiming a fee of £12.75m had been agreed was countered by two who denied it.
The Hammers need a striker to give Michail Antonio some help up front following Sebastien Haller’s January exit.