'Already planning': Romano says Chelsea see their 20-year-old prospect as part of their future

Fabrizio Romano stated on social media that Chelsea see Armando Broja leading the club into a shiny new future.

Writing on Twitter, the transfer guru shared the feelings in the higher-echelons of Stamford Bridge towards the young striker.

There is no question that Broja is going to brighten up football for many years to come.

Where he will be leaving a legacy remains up for debate.

A saint for Southampton

Southampton have certainly set their sights on a fresh dawn with the Albanian international spearheading the movement.

He has already earned cult hero status around St. Mary’s, following his loan move from Chelsea over the summer.

During the 4-1 win over Brentford last night, Broja became the youngest player in Premier League history to score in his first four starts at home.

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His overall goal tally stands at seven, making him Ralph Hasenhuttl’s top scorer this season.

Hasenhuttl himself spoke about the exciting centre-forward after his display against the Bees yesterday.

When asked about Broja’s career beyond the end of his stint with the Saints, the manager gave an honest reply.

“Yeah, sure, I mean he likes it here, he loves it here. He wants to be with us, I think. He wants to be here with us, you can feel that with him at every moment. The fans love him, so do it. It’s good,” he said.

Chelsea coming for their man

Clearly, Southampton want to keep their goalscoring machine.

Based on Hasenhuttl’s remarks, it appears the feeling is reciprocated by the player.

However, Chelsea’s involvement could scupper this relationship.

Romano said the Blues are ‘already planning’ a future with the Cobham graduate at the helm.

If they do view Broja as the embodiment of the team’s modern outlook, then Southampton will struggle to keep hold of their main marksman.

Plus, the idea of pulling on that blue jersey might be too hard for Broja to resist.

A major decision is set to be made at the end of the campaign, that could seriously impact the Saints and benefit the Blues, or vice versa.

Whatever happens, it could shape Broja’s career, so he must select wisely.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.