Tammy Abraham has completed his permanent move from Chelsea to Roma for a fee understood to be worth up to £30million.
The 23-year-old joins up with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho in the Italian capital and has signed a five-year contract at the Stadio Olimpico.
Chelsea are understood to have included a buyback option in the deal set at £68million. That does not become active, however, until the summer of 2023.
“You can sense when a club really wants you – and Roma made their interest clear immediately,” Abraham told the Serie A club’s website.
“Roma is a club that deserves to be fighting for titles and trophies. I’ve had the experience of winning major trophies and I want to be in those competitions again – so I want to help this team to achieve that and get to the level where Roma should be.
“It’s a massive honour to be the No. 9 at this club and I just can’t wait to get started and to help the team.”
Abraham joined Chelsea at the age of seven and was a prolific goalscorer throughout his time in the club’s academy.
He translated that prowess in front of goal to senior level and enjoyed strong seasons on loan at Bristol City and Aston Villa in the Championship. There was also a campaign spent at Swansea City sandwiched between those spells away from Stamford Bridge.
In the summer of 2019, Frank Lampard incorporated Abraham into the first-team set-up at Chelsea and the academy graduate rewarded that faith by scoring 18 goals during the 2019/20 season.
Last term, the 23-year-old struck 12 goals but his game time was limited after the appointment of Thomas Tuchel in January. Abraham played only 17 minutes during the final three months of the campaign – partly due to an ankle injury – and was also omitted from the matchday squad for the Champions League final.
With Chelsea intent on signing another forward this summer, Abraham’s long-term future at Chelsea was uncertain. And when a £98million deal for Romelu Lukaku was completed last week, it was clear the striker was going to have to leave Stamford Bridge.
There was interest from Premier League clubs Arsenal and West Ham United, but Abraham has opted to head to Serie A. He will be Edin Dzeko’s replacement at Roma; the Bosnian left for Inter Milan after Chelsea signed Lukkau.
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Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said following the announcement of Abraham’s departure: ‘Tammy will always be welcomed back at Stamford Bridge as one of our own.
“We have all enjoyed watching his progress through our Academy and into the first-team squad, and are grateful for his contribution to our successes at senior and youth level.
“His many goals in a Chelsea shirt and, of course, his part in our Champions League triumph last season will never be forgotten. I’m sure all Chelsea supporters will join me in wishing Tammy a long and successful career.”