Report: Chelsea to delay decision on 20-year-old talent despite official contact from two clubs
Both Everton and West Ham have already made official contact to indicate their interest in young Chelsea striker Armando Broja, according to the Daily Mail.
The report claims that the two Premier League sides have formally registered their interest in signing the 20-year-old permanently this summer.
Thanks to his loan spell at Southampton last season, during which he scored six Premier League goals, Broja has unsurprisingly attracted a lot of attention.
Chelsea reportedly value the Albania international at £30million, which is relatively low for such a promising talent, but are unlikely to make any transfer decision for the time being.
Thomas Tuchel is expected to assess Broja, along with other returning loanees, during the pre-season with the young striker due to return to Chelsea this week.
Chelsea will begin their pre-season tour in the United States this Saturday.
Having already confirmed Romelu Lukaku’s loan departure to Inter Milan, there is clearly room for another number nine in Tuchel’s squad.
It remains unclear, however, whether the German manager considers Broja ready for first-team football at Chelsea.
Everton, on the other hand, are in the market for a new striker following Richarlison’s transfer to Tottenham Hotspur, and Frank Lampard, who gave Broja his Premier League debut in 2020, clearly knows the player well.
Meanwhile, West Ham consider the Chelsea academy graduate a leading target to “take some goalscoring burden” off Michail Antonio.
Given that Broja still has four years left in his contract at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are certainly not under pressure to sell the player.
Even if Tuchel was against promoting the Broja to the first team this season, the club could send him on loan for another season before re-assessing him next summer.