Chelsea ‘open to selling out-of-favour striker Tammy Abraham for £40m this summer with Olivier Giroud also set to leave as they look to raise funds for Erling Haaland or Romelu Lukaku’
- Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham could reportedly be allowed to leave for £40m
- The 23-year-old has fallen down pecking order under Thomas Tuchel at Blues
- Veteran striker Olivier Giroud is also set to depart to get his wages off the books
- Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland or Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku are targets
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham could reportedly be allowed to leave the club for £40million this summer.
The 23-year-old has fallen down the pecking order under Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge and has struggled to force his way into the German’s plans since returning from injury earlier this month.
The Blues are prepared to sell the English striker if they receive a bid of at least £40m, according to The Telegraph.
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham could reportedly be allowed to leave the club for £40million
Chelsea are interested in signing strikers Erling Haaland (L) or Romelu Lukaku (R) this summer
The report claims that the Blues are keen to offload Abraham and veteran striker Olivier Giroud in order to raise funds for Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland or Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku.
Allowing Abraham and Giroud, who is also out of favour, to depart would reportedly remove £200,000 per week off the books.
Abraham has returned from an ankle injury sustained at the end of February, but he was left out of the FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City and played just three minutes at the weekend in the win against West Ham.
The forward last appeared in Tuchel’s starting XI on February 20 but he was brought off at half-time in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Southampton.
It’s no secret that Chelsea are interested in in-demand striker Haaland or even a reunion with Lukaku, who was shipped out on loan during his three years at the club between 2011 and 2014.
Tuchel has trusted the No 9 responsibilities with £53m summer signing Timo Werner despite his struggles in front of goal. Werner did end his two-month goal drought last weekend but missed a glorious chance in their 1-1 draw with Real Madrid on Tuesday night.
Veteran Blues striker Olivier Giroud is also set to depart to get his wages off the books
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand claims Abraham is being treated unfairly by Tuchel in comparison to Werner.
He told BT Sport: ‘It’s crazy. A young player, does he get the time that a Timo Werner, new signing gets when they come in?’
‘And they’re not treated with as much care and understanding of their character and cotton wool that a new signing gets.
‘A new signing gets the investment but you’re investing in a young player. A young player adds so much value to a team but they don’t ever get that time or patience that a new signing gets.
Abraham, 23, has fallen down the pecking order with Timo Werner used by Thomas Tuchel
‘Tammy wouldn’t get the time Timo gets. He [Werner] scored at the weekend but he missed a sitter at the weekend. He missed another tonight.
‘If you’re Tammy, you’re sitting there going, “Right OK, I’ve got to be playing at least at the weekend to get myself in the shop window for the next game against Madrid.”
Abraham is Chelsea’s top scorer with 12 goals this campaign, which have come from 31 appearances across all competitions. By comparison, Werner has scored 11 goals in 44 matches this season.
Ferdinand’s fellow BT Sport pundit Steve McManaman added: ‘Everybody labels Timo Werner as not a natural finisher and yet again tonight it’s been proven right to a certain extent,’ McManaman said.
‘You still feel he will not score enough goals. That first one today, it was a good save but he should’ve scored, he should’ve set Chelsea on their way to a victory tonight.
‘If you’re Tammy Abraham, or Giroud, you’re thinking, “what do I need to do to play tonight?”