Southampton are now one of several teams that want to sign Armando Broja from Chelsea permanently.
According to Sky Sports, the Saints are keen to tie down the Albanian international indefinitely, following his fine start to life on loan with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
Bright beginnings for Broja
The 20-year-old has netted seven goals across all competitions in 19 appearances for the coastal club, including five Premier League strikes.
His conversion against Brentford on Tuesday made him the youngest player in top-flight history to score in his first four home starts.
Some record for a young man who is experiencing only his second season in senior football.
Hasenhuttl himself has already made his feelings known about the attacker’s situation.
“Yeah, sure, I mean he likes it here, he loves it here. He wants to be with us, I think. He wants to be here with us, you can feel that with him at every moment. The fans love him, so do it. It’s good,” said the Austrian coach.
Southampton will struggle to secure this deal
However, Southampton appear to have a battle on their hands to keep Broja under wraps.
Sky state that several other first-division outfits are showing interest in the striker, as they look to address their own offensive issues.
Therefore, the Saints will seemingly need to compete with these rival suitors, permitted Chelsea want to sell.
Although, the Blues are apparently still debating whether or not Broja can be built into the project at Stamford Bridge.
Does Chelsea beckon for Broja?
Fabrizio Romano claimed that the Champions League holders are ‘already planning’ for a future with Broja involved.
Yet, as the intrigue for the centre-forward continues to rain down and the offers increase in value, Chelsea might want to revert their decision.
Earning a profit from a player they raised through the academy will always be viewed as good business by the board.
Joe Cole described him as ‘outstanding’, having witnessed his progress firsthand at Cobham.
Don’t let go of this gem
Supporters of Tuchel’s side might offer a different opinion.
Other than Romelu Lukaku, the current squad is void of a true number nine and efficient goal scorer.
Broja fits into both those categories extremely well, with room to develop his attributes under the right guidance.
It’s all down to Chelsea to make the right call; let’s hope Marina Granovskaia knows what she’s doing.