By Matt Bullin
Arsene Wenger is eyeing a shock summer swoop for Chelsea starlet Tammy Abraham, according to a report.
The Sun claim the 19-year-old is ready to leave Stamford Bridge in search of first-team football, and Arsenal are interested in securing his services.
It is said that Abraham, who has been on loan at Bristol City this season, will quit the Blues if he is not part of Antonio Conte’s first-team plans for next season.
Wenger is looking to improve on his striking options to his squad and sees the England Under-21 international as a good buy, if he can prise him away from their London rivals.
It’s a shock move as Abraham would want assurances that he would have the chance to break into the first team, and that’s a big step up for a player who’s set the Championship alight this season.
However, if Wenger thinks he’s good enough it could be an astute bit of business for someone who has his whole career in front of him.
Abraham has bagged 23 goals in 41 Championship appearances for City this term after rising through the youth ranks at Chelsea.
The youngster has also scored two goals in six appearances for England Under-21s.
Football Insider verdict
Abraham is one of the hottest young talents in football at the moment and he shone in a disappointing season for Bristol. But realistically he will not be part of Conte’s first-team plans, unless he has an exceptional pre-season, so he may well look for a move away from the Bridge. Arsenal is one potential option for him, but again it is doubtful he would be their first-choice striker, because of their wealth of attacking talent. If Abraham does want to lead the line week in, week out, at just 19-years-of-age, few top Premier League clubs will see him as a viable option and he may have to look at lower-table sides if he wants to make his mark.
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