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Arsenal’s inability to sell Alexandre Lacazette blocked any potential move for Tammy Abraham, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The Chelsea striker was linked with moves to The Gunners all summer, but eventually moved to Jose Mourinho’s Roma side.
The Italians paid The Blues approximately £34 million for Abraham and the 23-year-old went on to sign a five year contract at the Stadio Olimpico.
He got off to a terrific start with in the Italian capital, providing three assists in Roma’s 3-1 victory against Fiorentina.
Roma supporters gave the England youngster a standing ovation when he was substituted for Eldor Shomurodov in the 69th minute.
But according to The Telegraph, Abraham could have been donning the Red of Arsenal instead of Roma.
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Unfortunately for Mikel Arteta’s side, their inability to sell Lacazette meant the club were not able to finance a deal for Abraham when he was still a Chelsea player.
The Frenchman’s future has been subject to lots of speculation with the likes of Atletico Madrid being linked with his signature.
It was also reported the Gunners had even offered Lacazette to Roma, in the hope that it could clear a path into North London.
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Lacazette, who was a £48m signing from Lyon in 2017, only has one year left on his contract and Arsenal have been doing everything they can to ensure they do not lose him for nothing.
However, the chances of Arteta’s side receiving a fee that is worth selling for is becoming even more unlikely, and they are beginning to accept the likelihood of losing him for free next season.
Lacazette scored 13 Premier League goals in 31 appearances last season in what was a season to forget for The Gunners.
He also contributed with three goals in Arsenal’s run to the Europa League semi-final where they were beaten by eventual winners Villarreal.
Arteta has not been able to use the striker in the opening fixtures of the new season.
Along with fellow striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Lacazette tested positive for Coronavirus meaning he had to sit out of the consecutive defeats of Brentford and Chelsea.
It has been a very disappointing start to the season for The Gunners who are currently residing in 19th placed, with zero points and a -4 goal difference.
The pressure on Arteta has been cranked up to extreme levels having spent the best part of £133m on the likes of Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale, Albert Sami-Lokonga, and Nuno Tavares – they are currently the biggest spenders in the Premier League this season.
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