Young Chelsea striker Armando Broja is expected to leave the club on loan this summer as the Blues are now closer to signing Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan, according to The Athletic.
It is rather unfortunate for the 19-year-old after such a promising start to the pre-season, but his exclusion from the squad in the last two friendly games already hinted at this possible outcome.
Having spent last season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, scoring 10 goals in Eredivisie, Broja is reportedly set for another loan spell, with Serie A side Udinese mentioned as a potential destination.
Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has even confirmed that Udinese have made an enquiry for the teenager.
Tuchel to start the new season with only three striker options?
While the reported decision to send Broja out on loan clearly suggests an imminent new striker signing, it is interesting how it would affect Tammy Abraham’s future as well.
Following Olivier Giroud’s departure, Thomas Tuchel now has at least three options for the centre-forward position; Abraham, Timo Werner, and Kai Havertz.
So even if Lukaku is to join soon, as widely reported, Tuchel might still need a fourth-choice striker.
Gianluca Di Marzio recently claims that Abraham could be heading for Serie A as well, with Atalanta willing to pay €40million (£34m) for the striker.
Broja could easily slot in as that fourth-choice striker, and some fans would not be happy with the decision to send him out on loan.