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Tammy Abraham is available, but don’t hold your breath

This would be so nice, and that’s why it won’t happen.

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Tammy Abraham’s Chelsea spell appears to be coming to an end.

The 23-year-old striker has found it tough to break into the starting XI for the Blues, and with reports that Chelsea may offer an astronomical €175m to Borussia Dortmund for Erling Haaland, Abraham will have to look elsewhere for playing time.

Matt Law of The Telegraph has a piece today that addresses Abraham’s search for playing time, and it seems that both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are interested in acquiring the striker. It is paywalled but the general gist is simple: £40m will get you a quality striker with Premier League experience.

Law is trying to be cryptic here, but we know why: Chelsea are trying to pry Haaland away from Dortmund and Abraham will move further down the pecking order if that happens. Even though he just barely cleared 1000 minutes last season, he bagged 12 goals and 6 assists across all competitions and was generally good when he played.

The problem with this story is that Spurs have very little chance at signing him, even though Law doesn’t throw cold water on that in his story. Chelsea might be looking at Haaland, but they’ve also had googly eyes for Harry Kane and are one of the very few clubs who could afford him. If Dortmund refuse to sell Haaland, Chelsea may decide to test Daniel Levy’s resolve, even though there’s even less of a chance Levy would sell Kane to them than Manchester City. Supporters are already fearing the idea of Kane playing for another Premier League club, let alone a London rival.

This story is all well and good and I’d possibly cut a finger off to have Abraham, but this appears to be wishful thinking at best. Spurs still need to sell players to raise funds and if Kane goes anywhere, it’s going to be to Manchester City. Arsenal being involved does not make me happy as he would fix a lot of problems in their attack, though their midfield is still held together by gorilla glue and duct tape. Levy might prove us all wrong and work out a deal, but that’s going to mean Chelsea got Haaland and that is a whole different level of pain for everyone in Europe.