Tammy Abraham has previously spoken out about Arsenal – and his positive words suggest the Gunners are almost certainly leading the transfer race for his signature.
BVB snubbed the offer resulting in other clubs expressing an interest in the forward, and among them is Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta is in the market for a proven goalscorer and Abraham, who netted six times for the Blues in the Premier League last season, despite limited appearances, fits the bill.
The Gunners will have to pay the entirety of Abraham’s £80,000-a-week wages should they agree to the deal before presumably thrashing out new terms with the striker at the end of next season.
Abraham has not yet addressed the prospect of signing for Arsenal, but he has spoken out about the north London club in the past, admitting he was a Gooner growing up.
“When you’re young and you choose who to support, if it’s a family thing, it’s a family thing. Luckily for me it was a family thing, so it wasn’t really a problem at Chelsea.
“Someone I looked up to was Thierry Henry. His variations of finishing, his movement, the way he dribbles… someone like that has a key impact on me. I would love to be as big as him and maybe even better.”
Abraham was a standout player for Chelsea under Frank Lampard but fell down the pecking order once Tuchel took the reins.
The German favoured his compatriot Timo Werner, despite the £50million signing from RB Leipzig flattering to deceive.
Tuchel spoke out about Abraham’s lack of game time back in April.
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He said: “I can only judge what I see. I saw a bright young man in front of me. I saw a guy who is self-confident, who has a lot of talent. But it cannot be that in a period of such good results that suddenly the guys who don’t play are the winners.
“This is not logical to me. He was for some weeks not available, so is it now the moment to do crazy stuff and try things?
“If you just look at the data, you will say: ‘OK, he’s the top scorer.’ If you look at the data since we are here, it will maybe tell you a different story.”