Report: Chelsea player becomes PL side's number one target this summer, Tuchel's likely to sell him now

Reports suggest Chelsea are likely to sell Armando Broja this summer, with West Ham United top of the list of potential suitors.

According to The Evening Standard, the Hammers have made the 20-year-old their number one striker target, with them noticeably struggling having just Michail Antonio last season.

The Albanian has not yet travelled with the Blues for their pre-season tour to America. Although he was expected to join up in the coming days, transfer interest from rival Premier League teams could see him make the switch instead.

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Frank Lampard’s Everton are another English side who are rumoured to be interested in the highly-touted striker, who enjoyed his first season of regular Premier League with Southampton on loan last year.

However, it’s David Moyes’ side who have set the highest priority on signing Broja, with their need for a striker becoming evident towards the end of last season.

Broja likely to be sold

According to The Evening Standard, the Hammers lead the Toffees and big spending Newcastle United to a deal for around £30m.

The transfer would see another homegrown striker leaving the club, a year after Tammy Abraham moved on and succeeded at Roma.

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With the void left by Romelu Lukaku’s departure to Serie A, the club are in need of numbers up front, with Broja providing a perfect example of a player that can break into the team and secure regular minutes.

A move to the London Stadium would not guarantee the 20-year-old a starting position, with Antonio’s impressive start to the season showing he is likely to still be first choice.

While they do have European football in the form of the Conference League, opportunities to feature for the Blues in the prestigious Champions League are certainly a more attractive proposal, even if it is only to announce himself on a bigger stage ahead of a future transfer.

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.