Report: Club set to find out this week if they can buy Chelsea loanee outright, he could go for £20m

Chelsea will reportedly deliver their verdict to Southampton over Armando Broja’s future by the end of this week.

This is according to the Evening Standard, who claim the Blues will have made up their mind about Broja in the next seven days.

Clock is ticking

Southampton are still waiting to hear whether or not they can attempt to sign the striker permanently, following his loan move from Cobham to the coast over the summer.

The 20-year-old has scored five times in the Premier League this season for the Saints and is now the focal point of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s front line.

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Due to the attacker’s impressive form for the seaside club, other top-flight sides and some across Europe have started to enquire with Chelsea over his availability.

In response to this sudden surge in intrigue, Southampton are also in conversation with the Blues regarding Broja’s next movements.

Where does Broja belong?

There have been some suggestions that the Stamford Bridge hierarchy want to incorporate the Albanian international into their long-term plans.

However, it might be difficult right now to make space for the young centre-forward in Thomas Tuchel’s star-studded squad.

Especially in the offensive areas, where the Champions League holders are extremely well-stocked.

It is unlikely that Romelu Lukaku, Kai Havertz or Timo Werner will be removed from their post any time soon, therefore the gap for Broja to squeeze into is extremely slim.

What will Chelsea demand?

For the player’s development, it seems wise he stays clear of South West London for the moment.

He has settled well with Southampton, who are desperate to secure his services full-time.

They could apparently do so for a fee of around £20m (Evening Standard), which, for the calibre of player in question, would be a bargain buy.

Yet, there is a catch.

The Evening Standard state that Chelsea might include a buy-back clause in Broja’s contract if he did join Hasenhuttl on a permanent basis, as they did with fellow academy graduate Tino Livramento.

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All should be revealed by hopefully next Monday, at the latest.

Craig David will be on repeat until the announcement…

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.