ARSENAL wanted to sign Tammy Abraham before the England forward left for Roma.
The former Chelsea striker had thrived under Frank Lampard as he eventually secured first-team opportunities at Stamford Bridge.
But he fell out of favor after the arrival of Thomas Tuchel.
Before Jose Mourinho and Roma rushed for their man, Abraham was targeted for what would have been a sensational change in London.
Caught Offside reports that Arsenal were there for the 24-year-old before his move to Italy in August 2018.
Abraham was on a shortlist drawn up by the club – but they didn’t approach.
Instead, Roma were quick and pounced in a £34m move.
Speaking to Caught Offside, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano also put an end to rumors linking Abraham with leaving Stadio Olimpico anytime soon.
He said: “Abraham is more than happy in Rome, with the club, the city and with José Mourinho.”
His comments come after the former Real Madrid manager appeared to hit the striker as he netted a late winner in their last game.
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The England international started his career at Chelsea’s academy and progressed through the age brackets.
He then thrived on loan at Bristol City and Aston Villa, scoring goals at Championship level with regularity.
His big break came in 2019 under Lampard when he scored 15 Premier League goals and helped Chelsea to a top 4 finish.
As he struggled after the Blues legend was sacked, his move to Mourinho’s Roma gave him new life.
Last season he impressed in Serie A and scored 17 league goals, and helped the club win the inaugural Europa conference.