Striker Tammy Abraham has completed a 40 million euro (£34 million) move from Chelsea to the Italian team Roma. Abraham, Chelsea’s joint top scorer last season, joined the Serie A club – led by former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho – in a five-year deal latest football transfer. The 23-year-old England international’s deal is believed to include a buy-back clause of £68 million.
“You can feel when a club really wants you – and Roma immediately expressed interest. Rome is a club that deserves to fight for titles and trophies. I had the experience of winning big trophies and I want to be in those competitions again – so I want to help this team achieve it and get to the level where it will be. They must be Rome. It’s a great honor to be number nine at this club and I can’t wait to start and help the team,” Abraham said as reported by the club’s website.
Abraham, who had loan spells at Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa, flew to Italy on Sunday for medical treatment following Rome’s deal with European champions Chelsea over the weekend. Abraham, who has won six titles in England, has scored 30 goals in 82 appearances for Chelsea since joining at the age of seven.
The redemption clause cannot be triggered until the Chelsea Academy graduate has completed two seasons with Roma. Chelsea manager Marina Granovskia said: “Tammy will always be welcomed as one of ours at Stamford Bridge. We all watched him progress through his academy and first team and we are grateful for his contribution to our successes at the senior and youth level.”
Rome general manager Tiago Pinto said: “Despite still being very young, with enormous potential for continuous improvement, Tammy has already played more than 200 games in his career and scored over 100 goals – and several major Trophies have also been won.
“The choice to leave the Premier League and the club he grew up with shows very clearly how much he believes in this opportunity to develop his game and show what he can do in Rome.”