Chelsea academy player Armando Broja has emerged as a transfer target for West Ham. The London-based club has been rumored to have submitted a £ 30 million bid for the 20-year-old.
The Albanian international spent last season on loan at Southampton scoring 6 goals in 32 Premier League appearances. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed that The Chelsea youngster is not for sale and expects him to play a major for Chelsea next season.
With the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan, Armando Broja remains the only natural number in Chelsea.
However, Former Chelsea and Liverpool defender Glen Johnson will regret if they sell Armando Broja for a lesser fee.
What did Glen Johnson say?
The former England international revealed in an interview with The Games Cabin, saying: “I think, because of the scenario, they’ll regret letting Broja go because they’re not selling him for huge, huge money.
“They’re letting a potentially great player go without allowing another club to break the bank. You’re not going to buy a player for the same amount of money for similar or better quality.
“You might as well keep him and work with what you’ve got. If you’re going to go for a renowned goal scorer now, it’s going to cost X amount of money. You’re not going to get him for £30 million, are you? They’re better to work with what they’ve got rather than selling him for relatively cheap.”
Glen Johnson shares the same sentiment with Thomas Tuchel. The former international believes the Albania international could play a vital role for Chelsea next season.
The former Liverpool and Chelsea defender added: “I’m not totally convinced Broja can become an excellent Premier League goal scorer but he is good in front of goal and he can certainly finish.
“I would just expect him to score plenty of goals with the chances that Chelsea are going to create. Obviously there is a big question mark, for sure. I’d rather keep him for that question mark than spend £80m – £100m on someone who would also have that question mark.”
Meanwhile, Glen Johnson claims Chelsea should have signed Gabriel Jesus?
The former England international said: “A striker that’s already performed within the Premier League is always better than a striker brought in from a different league.
“They’ve already established what they’re capable of. With Gabriel Jesus, I think Chelsea should have bit Manchester City’s arm off to try and get him to be honest. Actually, I’m surprised that City even let him go. And I’m certainly surprised that he’s ended up at Arsenal.
“Again, no offense to Arsenal, but I’m pretty certain that, if Chelsea had wanted him, he would have gone to Chelsea. It’s bizarre how he left and it’s bizarre where he’s landed. For me, Jesus is a top player and, though he’s still young, he’s already done it for a top team in a top league, so why wouldn’t you want him?”