It is said that Chelsea wants to sell Armando Broja so badly that they have lowered their asking price and will even consider a loan this month.
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The 22-year-old has played 13 times in the Premier League this season after coming back from a long illness. Manager Mauricio Pochettino seems to trust him.
But, like fellow school graduate Conor Gallagher, he is one of the easiest ways for Chelsea to balance the books and follow the rules for financial fair play, since any sale counts as 100% pure profit.
Broja is already getting a lot of attention from teams like West Ham, Fulham, and Wolves, who all want to sign him.
But it didn’t look like there would be a deal this month because Chelsea was said to be hanging out for at least £50 million for the forward. However, The Sun now says that things have changed.
At this point, the west Londoners are ready to let Broja go if they get around £35 million. They will even let him leave on a loan at first.
Chelsea is aware that many clubs are having trouble following the FFP rules, and they are ready to help any team that wants to sign Broja by agreeing to a loan with an option to buy in the summer.
A lot of Premier League teams are interested in Chelsea striker Armando Broja (Picture: Getty). That would help the club balance their books now and maybe even make investments this month.
Chelsea let Lewis Hall go on loan to Newcastle last summer, which was a similar deal. At the time, both teams were getting ready to fight for a spot in the Champions League.
Because Eddie Howe said Newcastle might back out of signing Hall permanently, Chelsea are likely to demand an obligation-to-buy option as part of the loan this time. They don’t want this to happen again with Broja.
This player has clearly got a lot of promise, but he has only scored twice this season and is still getting back to full health after a major injury last year. The £35 million price tag seems more reasonable.
If Broja leaves, Chelsea might not have many choices in the short term, since Nicolas Jackson is at the Africa Cup of Nations and Christopher Nkunku is still having trouble with his injury.
Broja has had a lot of chances to play for Spurs, but Pochettino warned him after his FA Cup goal against Preston: “He needs to use this type of game to improve.” In order to get better at his game, he needs to do more than just get in better shape or work harder. He also needs to smile more and be more upbeat.
This is a young shooter in England or Europe who has one of the most exciting futures ahead of them. He has to push himself, and we’ll do our best to help him see that it’s never enough and work tough.