Manchester United have been linked with former Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham recently, and the AS Roma forward could be the ideal man to replace Cristiano Ronaldo in Erik ten Hag’s side in the long run.
While the Portuguese legend is still a phenomenal player at 37, as emphasised by his 18 Premier League goals last season, he will eventually retire, and United will need a new man to lead the line.
Edinson Cavani has already departed the club, while Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have done little to show that they will be capable of taking on the responsibility (just five English top-flight goals between them last term), so a new signing is arguably needed.
As with every transfer window, the Red Devils have been linked with a whole host of names, but one man who stands out from the crowd is Abraham.
The England international could offer Ten Hag a superb long-term option as the 52-year-old looks to restore the club to its former glory after a largely dreadful nine years following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
According to Calciomercato, Ten Hag is keen on bringing the 24-year-old back to the Premier League after his sensational debut campaign in Italy.
Abraham contributed 21 goals and four assists in all competitions for Jose Mourinho’s side, averaging a superb 7.17 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
The Chelsea academy graduate has scored goals wherever he has been, and at just 24, he still has plenty of time to improve as a player. Who better to have as a role model than Ronaldo, who would undoubtedly help to mentor the young striker if he were to arrive at Old Trafford this summer.
Following a loan spell with Aston Villa, where Abraham hit a remarkable 26 league goals, Jack Grealish was full of praise for the 6 foot 4 striker, saying: “Unbelievable. Couldn’t believe how good he was with the ball for how tall he is. Loved playing with him.”
As much as United fans might be hoping that Ronaldo lasts forever, he will eventually decline, and the Glazers could sign his ideal replacement in the meantime Abraham.