'Beyond them': PL club may no longer be able to afford to sign 'really exciting' Chelsea player - journalist

Journalist Paul Brown has told GiveMeSport that he believes Everton are out the running to sign Armando Broja this summer.

The Toffees got a first-hand look at the 20-year-old at the weekend, as he was given his Chelsea league debut in the club’s 1-0 opening day victory at Goodison Park.

It looked for all the world that Broja would not even be part of the Blues squad this late in to the summer transfer window, with him strongly linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge.

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West Ham United were the side most strongly linked with a deal, although numerous Premier League outfits including Everton held a firm interest.

However, Brown has claimed Frank Lampard’s side’s recent business has seen any potential move for the Albanian become an impossibility.

Everton can no longer afford Broja

He said: “I think Broja’s fee might be beyond them now because they’ve paid over £30million for Onana in midfield.

“I don’t think the Premier League would allow them to do that signing, personally.”

Broja is currently the only recognised striker at Stamford Bridge, following Romelu Lukaku’s exit on loan.

Kai Havertz is set to be handed a lot of minutes down the middle, however his lack of regular goals will surely open the door for Broja to make a statement to Thomas Tuchel this season.

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His worry regarding regular first team football at Chelsea was behind his motivation to reportedly wanting to leave earlier in the window.

Now though, it seems like the path to the starting 11 is a lot clearer than it’s been for some time, with him proving at Southampton that he can compete against some of the league’s best defenders.

Of course, the potential coup of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would threaten to take away from his minutes, but the Barcelona man would also offer a fantastic role model for a young striker to learn from.

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.