Newcastle and West Ham ‘are prepared for a summer transfer battle over Armando Broja’ as the Chelsea loan star ‘attracts interest from Europe’s top clubs’ after shining for the Saints
- Chelsea loanee Armando Broja has attracted interest over a move this summer
- Newcastle and West Ham are interested in signing the 20-year-old striker
- Italian giants Inter and AC Milan are also pursuing the signature of the Albanian
- The Cobham academy product has scored six goals for Southampton this year
Chelsea loan star Armando Broja has attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs over a potential transfer after a successful maiden season with Southampton.
The Albanian striker has scored nine goals in all competitions for Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side – with his six league contributions making him the third top scorer at the club this season.
Despite Thomas Tuchel’s desires to bring Broja back to the club next year, the striker could be tempted by a move away from Stamford Bridge as potential suitors begin to line up.
Armando Broja has attracted interest from both England and Italy over a potential transfer
According to GOAL, Premier League sides Newcastle, West Ham and Southampton are all interested in signing the Albanian on a permanent deal.
Serie A giants AC Milan, Inter and Napoli are also said to be following Broja’s development and could launch respective moves for him in the summer.
Last week, Thomas Tuchel expressed his desire to bring Broja and fellow loanee Conor Gallagher back to Chelsea for pre-season – but offered no guarantees over a long-term plan for either.
Tuchel said: ‘First of all, they will come back because they are our players. When we give them on loan, we do this for them but also for us to have better, more experienced players back.
‘They are our players and I want to have them in pre-season and then we decide what’s going on.’
Eddie Howe (L) and David Moyes (R) are both likely to be active in the summer transfer market
The 20-year-old came through the Chelsea academy but played just one game for the Blues
Despite a market price not being set for the Albanian, it leaves Chelsea in a situation where they must choose whether to cash in on Broja’s stock or to hold onto him for the future.
The 20-year-old has lit up St Mary’s this season after a successful loan spell with Vitesse where he became the highest-scoring teenager in Europe’s top 10 leagues.
Broja is currently contracted to Chelsea until 2026 but with the likes of Lukaku, Werner and Havertz all likely ahead of him in the pecking order, it could see the Albanian leave in the summer.
Broja has become a hit at St Mary’s after scoring nine goals across all competitions this year