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Chelsea threat over Tammy Abraham given short shrift with fresh confirmation on £68m transfer deja vu

A clause that could see Chelsea walk a familiar path and secure a £68m signing has been confirmed, though one club chief is unfazed about the Blues’ transfer threat.

Chelsea broke the bank last summer when forking out a club-record £97.5m to sign Romelu Lukaku. It was the second time the Blues had bought the Belgian, and the 2021 move cost Chelsea around £70m more than what they sold him to Everton for in 2014.

Lukaku hasn’t had the impact the Blues hierarchy would’ve hoped for just yet. Though it is still early days to classify him as an expensive mistake – as many Man Utd fans will feel about Paul Pogba after he too was re-signed at great expense.

Nevertheless, it may make Chelsea think twice when the time comes to make a decision on Tammy Abraham.

The 24-year-old was sold to Roma last summer for £34m. The deal reportedly include a buy-back clause that would see Chelsea pay double to bring Abraham back on board.

Now, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has confirmed the details in that clause after carrying quotes from Roma chief Tiago Pinto.

Romano reiterated the figure is set at €80m (£68m). However, as had been previously reported, Chelsea cannot trigger the clause until Abraham has completed two full seasons in Rome.

Roma chief shrugs off Chelsea threat

Roma chief Pinto echoed those sentiments, though gave the threat of Chelsea re-acquiring their star centre-forward short shrift. In his words, Roma are “not even worried” about that possibility.

“There’s a buy back clause in Abraham’s contract, but it’s not going to be valid this summer,” said Pinto (via Romano).

“I’m not even worried, we’re happy with Tammy and he’s doing great.”

Abraham has made a bright start to life in Italy this season. He has bagged 17 goals from 30 appearances across all competitions and laid on four assists for his teammates.

He is already Jose Mourinho’s undisputed No 1 centre-forward at the club, and has ensured the loss of Edin Dzeko to Inter Milan last summer has not hit as hard as many had feared.

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