Abraham’s return nears: New role with De Rossi and market implications

Tammy Abraham’s nightmare injury is finally nearing an end, with the English striker set to return to action for Roma in the coming weeks.

Abraham has been out since June 2023 after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a match against Spezia. The 25-year-old has been working hard on his rehabilitation and is now close to making his comeback.

Abraham is expected to be back in full training by the end of March and could make his first appearance of the season in the Rome derby on April 6th. He is also in contention to start in the first leg of Roma’s Europa League quarter-final against Milan on April 11th.

Roma coach Daniele De Rossi is excited to have Abraham back at his disposal and is already thinking about how to fit him into the team. De Rossi has not ruled out the possibility of playing Abraham alongside Romelu Lukaku in a two-striker system.

“I thought about playing them together right away,” De Rossi said. “We have several solutions up front, and Tammy can adapt to any system. He can play as a central striker with two trequartisti behind him, as the main reference point in a trident, or alongside another striker, just as I’m thinking of doing.”

Abraham’s return is a major boost for Roma, both on the pitch and in the transfer market. The club had paid just over €40 million to sign Abraham from Chelsea in the summer of 2021, and the Blues had a buy-back option of €80 million that expired last summer.

Any club that wants to sign Abraham, including Chelsea, will now have to negotiate with Roma. The club is currently leaning towards keeping the striker for next season, but his valuation has decreased after his serious injury. Roma are hoping to revive his form and see if any Premier League clubs are willing to make an offer.

In the summer, Roma would like to sign Lukaku permanently, but they will need to talk to Chelsea again. The Belgian arrived in the capital on a dry loan, and there is no option or obligation to buy in his contract. Roma are also evaluating their options with Azmoun, for whom they have a €12.5 million buy-back option that they can exercise at the end of the season.

These are the first market strategies for the future of Roma, who are about to welcome back Tammy Abraham after eight months of torment.

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