'Yes, 100%': Chelsea's £30m player would be open to leaving the Bridge this summer - journalist

Journalist Ryan Taylor has claimed on Give Me Sport that Chelsea star Armando Broja is considering a future away from Stamford Bridge.

Rumours have suggested West Ham are ready to table a bid in the region of £30m for the Albanian, after his first season of first-team football in England.

Broja spent last season on loan at Southampton, gaining praise after scoring six goals in 15 games across the busy winter period of the Premier League.

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This glimpse of his ability has been enough to interest the Hammers, with Taylor suggesting the potential for more first-team football could turn the Albanian’s head to the East side of London.

He said: “Yes, 100%. I spoke to a source close to Broja in the week, who said that they’re going to consider any offer that arrives.

“He is open to staying at Chelsea and wants to make it at Chelsea, but he obviously had a taste of regular football last season with Southampton and there’s a feeling that he wouldn’t want to sit on the bench. Ideally, he wants to play regularly.”

The Blues’ embarrassment of riches in the attacking areas could make a breakthrough difficult for Broja, despite the imminent departure of Romelu Lukaku.

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While Broja may not be guaranteed a starting berth at Stamford Bridge straight away, the Blues should do whatever they can to keep the 20-year-old at the club.

With no outright striker particularly strongly linked to a move to Chelsea, the Albanian could establish himself as the only specialised striker the club can turn to, with Kai Havertz offering a far more fluid option through the middle.

There are no guarantees Broja will become a guaranteed starter at the London Stadium, with Michail Antonio looking a strong outfit up top until he looked fatigued towards the end of the last campaign.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.