England striker Tammy Abraham has completed a 40m euro (£34m) move to the Italian side AS Roma from Chelsea. Abraham, who was Chelsea’s joint top scorer last season, joins the Serie A club, which former Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho manages on a five-year deal.
It is understood the deal for the 23-year-old England international includes a buy-back clause set at £68m. Speaking on his new deal, the striker said: “You can sense when a club wants you – and Roma made their interest clear immediately.”
Tammy Abraham Speaks on his New Deal with AS Roma
He also said: “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 number nine at this club, and I just can’t wait to get started and to help the team.” Abraham, who has had loan spells at Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa, is now finally free from the bond of Chelsea.
Chelsea signed their former striker Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan for £97.5m on Thursday, which means the British-born Nigerian will not have to playtime, so he left AS Roma signed him to replace Edin Dzeko, who was signed to replace Lukaku.
Abraham, who has won six England caps, scored 30 goals in 82 appearances for Chelsea, having joined them at the age of seven.