Report: Armando Broja keen on Chelsea return but refuses to rule out other summer options
Chelsea loanee Armando Broja is “open to all options” in the summer amid Arsenal’s interest, according to the Daily Express.
The 20-year-old is having an impressive loan spell in his first season in the Premier League with Southampton.
He has already had six goals in the competition, with only Mason Mount and Jorginho being the only two Chelsea players who have scored more than him in the competition so far.
Many Chelsea fans understandably look forward to his return in the summer and expect his arrival would help solve the team’s striking issues.
The Daily Express claims that Broja would be keen to be part of Thomas Tuchel’s squad next season but, obviously, there is no guarantee that he would earn a spot in the team.
So, the Albania international will reportedly consider his options.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has previously opened up about wanting to sign Broja permanently, while Arsenal has reportedly now entered the race for the young striker.
As it stands, Chelsea arguably already have too many attacking options, despite Romelu Lukaku’s being the only natural striker in Tuchel’s squad.
First, they will likely have to make space in the squad if they are to promote Broja into the first team.
Fortunately for Chelsea, they are in a very strong position over Broja’s future.
The Chelsea academy graduate signed a five-year deal (until 2026) prior to his loan departure last summer.
After losing academy talents such as Tino Livramento and Lewis Bate last summer, many Chelsea fans would insist that the club should not even entertain any permanent transfer offer for Broja in the first place.
Aside from Broja, Chelsea also have another loanee who is having a great season and deserves a spot in the first team next season in Conor Gallagher.
The club will have to make decisions soon because their performances this season will inevitably attract a lot of interest, including from other top clubs.
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