AC Milan rejected the chance to sign Tammy Abraham this summer, noting that the key Chelsea man was not up to their required standard, according to TuttoMercatoWEB.
The Italian publication suggests Abraham was offered to the Serie A sleeping giant in the recent summer market, but the San Siro natives rejected the chance to sign the 21-year-old as he had not played regular first-team football for a big club.
Since the return of Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge, Abraham has been the main man in the Blues’ attack – starting all bar one of his six Premier League appearances and leading the line in the Champions League against Valencia (TransferMarkt).
Before that, though, he had not represented Chelsea in the top-flight since the 2015/16 season, when Guus Hiddink called on the London-born forward from the bench against Liverpool and Leicester City in matchweeks 30 and 38.
In between his outing at home to the Foxes in May 2016 and at Old Trafford in August, Abraham enjoyed loan spells with Bristol City, Swansea City, and Aston Villa – the last of which he hit 26 goals for in 40 games across all competitions for, as the Villans left the Championship as play-off winners.
The level Abraham had plied his trade at counted against a move to the San Siro this summer, though, as TuttoMercatoWEB understands AC Milan rejected the two-time England international when offered his services as he had not been considered up to par.
Milan’s loss has been very much to Chelsea’s gain, as Abraham has hit seven goals in the Premier League this season – only Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero with eight has struck more.
The Blues academy product’s seven also counts for 58% of the West London outfit’s top-flight goals this term, and TuttoMercatoWEB adds that Lampard’s side will reward Abraham with a contract extension.
Abraham is currently tied to Chelsea on a £50,000-a-week (Spotrac) deal until the summer of 2022, but will reportedly see his terms extended until 2024.
It is impossible to say definitively where Chelsea would be without Abraham this season, but what is for sure is that he has taken his chance to star in West London and has not looked back.
Milan may be regretting not taking the chance to sign the striker this summer, though, as the Serie A side have only won two of their opening four league games, and have the joint-worst offence in the Italian top flight with two goals to their name.
Chelsea now moving to tie Abraham’s long-term future down to an extension on his current terms is a shrewd move by the Stamford Bridge natives, and one that could see funds made available next summer to strengthen elsewhere should Lampard need them.
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