'He knows': Chelsea's £30m man is aware Tuchel really wants to keep him, but he still might leave - Romano

Armando Broja is aware that Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel really wants to keep him, but talks are reportedly ongoing to suggest he may still leave Stamford Bridge.

According to well-respected journalist Fabizio Romano, West Ham are in negotiations to try sign Broja in this summer transfer window for £30million.

It is understood the 20-year-old’s desperate to play regular football next season. He would like any kind of transfer to be a permanent one rather than another loan deal, though.

Romano explains the Blues youngster knows Tuchel is fighting to keep him, too.

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“Broja is not interested in a loan deal. Chelsea would be open to a loan but the player no longer wants a loan after last year in Southampton, and before that in Vitesse,” Romano said.

“This is why with West Ham the negotiation is for a £30m permanent deal. The player’s priority is to have guaranteed game time and to feel important in the club, but it is also true that Broja knows that Thomas Tuchel is doing everything to keep him.”

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 22: Yan Valery(L) of Southampton and team mate Armando Broja during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Southampton at The King Power Stadium on May 22, 2022 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

Tuchel wants to keep Broja

It looks like Chelsea’s manager may be fighting a losing battle this summer.

Romano’s update a few days ago claimed West Ham were closing in on agreement to sign Broja, who’s left Chelsea’s pre-season trip to return to London for treatment on an ankle injury.

As it stands, the Blues are looking a little thin in the striker department.

Many fans believe the club’s academy graduate is ready to compete for a first-team spot in the upcoming campaign after impressing during a season-long loan at Southampton last year. Therefore, it’s no surprise to see West Ham in the mix to get him.

If Broja does exit Stamford Bridge, there’s going to be a serious lack of options to play through the middle of the attack.

Kai Havertz, who looks the most likely to start as the central figure, has shown he can play as a No.9. In addition, versatile forward Timo Werner is another candidate.

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