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Transfer News: Thomas Tuchel provides an update on the future of Chelsea loanee Armando Broja.

Transfer News: Southampton chasing Chelsea striker Armando Broja

According to a report by The Athletic (Subscription Required), Southampton have opened talks with Chelsea to sign Armando Broja during this transfer window.

The 19-year-old Albanian striker is highly regarded by the Blues, and the Saints have earmarked him to help plug the hole left by Danny Ings. The 29-year-old Englishman joined Aston Villa earlier this month.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have already signed Tino Livramento and Dynel Simeu from Chelsea this summer. And they now want Broja, preferably on a permanent transfer. (h/t The Athletic) [h/t Subscription Required]

Vitesse player Armando Broja celebrates scoring against PSV Eindhoven.
Vitesse player, Armando Broja, celebrates scoring against PSV Eindhoven. (imago Images)

Broja, who recently signed a new contract with the club, was earmarked for first-team football at Stamford Bridge this season, according to Goal (h/t Metro) and as covered by ASBTF.

Broja set for Saints move?

But that was if the Blues failed to land a striker this summer, which they are close to doing now after agreeing on a £97.5million fee with Inter Milan for 28-year-old superstar, Romelu Lukaku.

After Lukaku’s imminent arrival, Chelsea would have Timo Werner and the former Manchester United striker as their options in attack. Kai Havertz has also played in that role under Thomas Tuchel.

Southampton want Chelsea striker, Armando Broja, on loan or permanent transfer.
Southampton want Chelsea striker, Armando Broja, on loan or permanent transfer. (imago Images)

Hence, Broja’s minutes could be severely restricted at the club. A loan move would perhaps please Chelsea fans more, considering the Albanian international’s quality at such a young age.

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Broja was on loan at Vitesse Arnhem last season and bagged 10 league goals in an impressive season. He has one senior Chelsea appearance to his name, which came in the 2019/20 Premier League season.

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