ROMA have moved a step closer to snapping up Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.
Jose Mourinho’s Serie A outfit are keen on the forward, 23, and it is understood they have offered an initial loan deal with a view to a permanent £33million switch.
Abraham has not yet agreed to the move.
With the imminent arrival of Romelu Lukaku at Stamford Bridge, Abraham is set to fall down the pecking order under Thomas Tuchel.
Abraham was part of Chelsea’s youth set-up when Mourinho had his second spell as manager of the Blues.
And in 2019 he broke into the Blues’ first-team squad when club legend Frank Lampard returned to the club as manager.
But after 18 months Lampard was sacked and replaced by Thomas Tuchel, who overlooked Abraham.
Despite winning the Champions League, German Tuchel has made it clear a new striker was needed this summer.
It allowed Olivier Giroud, 34, to leave for AC Milan while Abraham is now nearing an exit.
And it comes with Lukaku, 28, close to confirming his return to the club, ten years after first signing for Chelsea.
Lukaku has since completed a medical and was pictured holding a Chelsea shirt ahead of his £97.5million move.
Lukaku left Chelsea back in 2014 after making just 15 appearances in three years.
The forward joined Everton permanently for £28m after two consecutive successful loan spells at West Brom and the Toffees respectively.
Lukaku’s best spell post-Chelsea came at his current club Inter.
He has scored an incredible 64 goals in 95 appearances, helping them win the Serie A last season, dethroning Juventus.
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Romelu Lukaku spotted ‘holding Chelsea shirt’ as Inter Milan striker has medical with no issues ahead of £97.5m transfer