Report: Chelsea agreed to sell 23-year-old for £38m but demand a buy-back clause
Chelsea would want to include a buy-back clause in a potential €45million (£38m) deal with AS Roma for Tammy Abraham, according to Corriere dello Sport.
The Italian news outlet claims that Roma general manager Tiago Pinto has travelled to London for a meeting with Abraham’s agent Neil Fewings.
The report claims that Pinto’s main objective is to convince the 23-year-old to join Roma instead of his preferred summer destination Arsenal.
Meanwhile, there is reportedly no problem in negotiations between Roma and Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.
Jose Mourinho is said to have played a role in this, thanks to his relationship with the people at Chelsea.
Roma and Chelsea have reportedly reached an agreement over a potential deal worth up to €45m (£38m).
Although, it remains unclear whether it would be a permanent transfer or a loan with an obligation to buy after one season.
Interestingly, though, Corierre dello Sport also claims that Chelsea demand a buy-back clause to be inserted in the deal. The clause would reportedly be active in 2024.
The report did not specify the price for the buy-back clause, but mentioned that it might help convince Abraham — who is not thrilled by the idea of leaving London and the Premier League without any concrete hope of returning — to join Roma.
Considering how much Chelsea reportedly had to fork out to sign Lukaku from Inter Milan, inserting a buy-back clause in the potential deal for Abraham is certainly a sensible move.
Not to mention that most Chelsea fans would rather see Abraham join Roma rather than Arsenal for obvious reasons.
Although, this potential deal would still require Abraham’s approval, and he would understandably want to avoid having to adapt to a new country and a new league.