Fabrizio Romano has claimed a permanent move for Armando Broja to West Ham United is close to being completed.
This is despite Chelsea, and Thomas Tuchel in particular, being keen to keep hold of the Albanian, preferring a loan move this summer.
Broja joined up with the Blues late in the United States, and was seen in a protective boot following a training session, ultimately ruling him out of the friendly against Club America.
It was then reported today that he is part of a small group travelling back to England, with interest in his services still prevalent.
Romano claimed earlier on that personal terms had been agreed between West Ham and the 20-year-old, however now he has claimed the deal will be settled as a permanent move following the player’s desire, which would represent a u-turn from Chelsea, who had appeared to want to keep hold of the forward initially this summer.
West Ham closing on Broja
He tweeted: “West Ham and Chelsea are still in talks on final details of the deal like potential buy back clause or not, add ons… but the agreement for Armando Broja is really close and it will be permanent deal.
“Broja is now pushing, that’s why he’s flying back to England.”
The potential deal will disappoint Blues fans, who saw glimpses last season of the quality he can provide, especially in a more creative side. He was even described by his manager last season, Ralph Hasenhuttl as ‘dangerous’ as he led the Saints to a victory over Brentford.
They will have also been hoping he would be set to fill the shoes of Romelu Lukaku, with supporters growing frustrated over a lacklustre season from the Belgian before his departure to Inter Milan.
It is unlikely the Blues will be adding another striker to their ranks this season, following the announcement that Robert Lewandowski will be joining Barcelona this summer.
This means it is likely to be a big season for Kai Havertz at the focal point of the attack, with Blues fans still waiting to see the best of him despite glimpses of greatness.