Chelsea star Armando Broja is unlikely to head anywhere on loan this summer, with player and club both favouring a permanent solution if they decide to part ways. West Ham have stepped up their pursuit of the 20-year-old, who was sent home early from the Blues’ pre-season tour of the USA.
Broja burst onto the Premier League stage last season, scoring six goals during a fruitful loan spell at Southampton. A host of Premier League sides have registered an interest this summer, although Chelsea were keen to wait until Thomas Tuchel was able to cast a close eye over him in pre-season.
The youngster frustratingly picked up an injury after joining up with the squad in the US which prevented him from getting on the pitch against Club American on Sunday morning, and reports indicate that he is now on his way back to London.
Express Sport understands that Broja is unlikely to leave the Blues on loan this summer, with player and club both leaning towards a permanent deal instead. While talks with the Hammers have progressed, sources suggest that there is still some meat left on the bone before fans can consider the move a done deal.
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“He got injured and there’s a delay for him, which is never nice because a young player should normally make an impression from the first minute in pre-season. Now we have a bit of a delay in that but that’s the situation.”
Alongside Broja, Chelsea fans are keeping a close eye on developments involving fellow highly-rated youngster, Levi Colwill. A host of sides are believed to be queueing up in case the Blues decide to let him go, with the teenager’s future set to be decided by how many centre-backs the club sign this summer.