Report: Second PL club makes bid this month for 'outstanding' Chelsea prospect
Newcastle United are now reportedly the second Premier League club this month to make a bid for Chelsea loanee Armando Broja.
The 20-year-old Chelsea prospect is at the centre of transfer speculation due to his impressive form out on loan with Premier League rivals Southampton.
According to Tuttomercatoweb, Southampton have already made an offer worth €30million (£25million) to sign Broja on a permanent basis.
It is understood that Newcastle have now launched their own bid of €40million (£33million), though.
The report explains Chelsea would prefer to leave the young centre-forward out on loan with Southampton for the rest of the season before deciding on his future.
Broja’s scored seven goals in 21 appearances so far since joining the Saints in the summer, and his loan deal is scheduled to run at St Mary’s for the rest of the season.
He’s an exciting striker with great pace, power and movement for someone his age. Joe Cole has previously described the Chelsea-owned forward as “outstanding”, too.
Chelsea should resist Broja sale
Of course, it must be tempting for Chelsea to cash in for a player when a £30million-plus bid is being made for someone that’s yet to play a first-team game at Stamford Bridge.
It goes to show just how much potential the forward is showing in his performances at Southampton.
If he continues impressing in the second half of the season, his valuation is only going to keep soaring.
Aged 20, Chelsea have a prized asset on their books that they need to keep hold of beyond this month. For starters, Blues manager Thomas Tuchel deserves the chance in pre-season to see if he wants him as part of his squad for the 2022/23 campaign.
There is clearly a route into the senior squad at Chelsea from the academy and the loan system is working superbly well in aiding that process.