ROME – AS Roma has signed striker Tammy Abraham from Premier League team Chelsea on a five-year deal, the Italian Serie A club said on Tuesday.
Roma confirmed the 40 million euro ($47.08 million) deal for the 23-year-old, who joins Jose Mourinho’s team in search of game time.
Abraham ended last season as Chelsea’s joint-top scorer with 12 goals in all competitions, but found himself on the periphery of the first team at the London club since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager in January.
“Tammy will always be welcomed back at Stamford Bridge as one of our own. We have all enjoyed watching his progress through our Academy and into the first-team squad, and are grateful for his contribution to our successes at senior and youth level,” Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said according to Reuters.
“His many goals in a Chelsea shirt and, of course, his part in our Champions League triumph last season will never be forgotten. I´m sure all Chelsea supporters will join me in wishing Tammy a long and successful career.”
The England international joins Roma after Champions League holders Chelsea brought Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku back to England from Inter Milan, a transfer British media reported to be worth a club record 97.5 million pounds ($134.46 million).
Abraham’s move to Roma follows the exit of veteran striker Edin Dzeko, who joined Serie A champions Inter Saturday.
Roma begin their 2021-22 Serie A campaign on Aug. 22 with a home game against Fiorentina.
Bologna was knocked out of the Italian Cup in the first round 5-4 by Ternana in an astonishing match in which the second-division side were four goals ahead with less than an hour on the clock.
Ternana was promoted to Serie B last season but showed no signs of stage fright in Bologna as a Danilo Peralta brace and further goals from Davide Agazzi, Alfredo Donnarumma and Cesar Falletti put them 5-1 ahead eight minutes into the second half.
Quick-fire strikes moments after from Marko Arnautovic and Roberto Soriano got the hosts back in contention.
Riccardo Orsolini’s penalty 12 minutes from the end cut the gap to just one goal and Bologna would have levelled had it not been for Ternana goalkeeper Antony Iannarilli, who first made two stops from Musa Barrow and then pulled off a double save from Sydney van Hooijdonk and Matias Svanberg.
Ternana will face Venezia in the second round in December.
In other early match Crotone got past Brescia on penalties after a 2-2 draw.
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