Report: Young Chelsea star wants 'assurances' from Tuchel after being 'priced out' of transfer market
Young Chelsea striker Armando Broja expects assurances over his role in Thomas Tuchel’s first team amid interest from Premier League rivals West Ham, according to CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs.
The 20-year-old’s participation in Chelsea’s pre-season tour in the United States ended early after his return to London last week, likely due to his injury.
He has been linked with a potential permanent move to West Ham, although there is reportedly no agreement so far.
Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano recently mentioned that Broja is not interested in spending another season on loan and prioritises “guaranteed game time and the feeling of being important to the club”.
While it is unlikely that the Albania international will be a regular starter in his first full season at Chelsea, he still wants assurances over his role, as Jacobs reported.
“A lot may depend on whether Chelsea can find another attacker before he gets clarity,” the journalist explained on Twitter.
“Broja is being a bit more bullish [than fellow Chelsea academy graduate Levi Colwill].
“He’s had a tough pre-season. More talks with the club will be held once Chelsea return from America.”
Jacobs added that despite an agreement between West Ham and Sassuolo over Gianluca Scamacca, the east London club have not given up on their pursuit of Broja.
West Ham reportedly failed to convince Chelsea to let go of the young talent despite their £30million offer.
“Chelsea are very reluctant to sell Broja and, for now, are pricing him out of the market,” Jacobs added.
Broja signed a new five-year deal (until 2026) with Chelsea a year ago, which should put the club in a rather comfortable position in making any transfer decision.