Everton have now made an approach for in-demand Chelsea striker Armando Broja, as per Sky Sports News.
The Lowdown: Huge interest in Broja
The 20-year-old has been at the centre of much transfer speculation this summer after enjoying a strong breakthrough season on loan with Southampton.
Upon returning to Stamford Bridge, West Ham have regularly been reported with interest in signing Broja this summer, with Sky Sports previously claiming that the Irons are set to bid £30m for the forward.
The Latest: Everton make Broja approach
Sky Sports News have now shared a live-on-air transfer update surrounding Broja’s interest.
As shared by Football Daily on Twitter, the caption to the clip read: “Everton are another club to have approached Chelsea about signing striker Armando Broja.”
As transcribed, Sky Sports reported: “Some breaking news – Everton are another of the clubs that have approached Chelsea in terms of signing the striker Armando Broja with Frank Lampard looking for new additions following the departure of Richarlson in a deal that could be worth £60m. He joined Tottenham towards the end of last week.
“Reported yesterday, Chelsea want to assess Broja in pre-season before making a decision on his future. West Ham are one club that approached Chelsea last month; they remain interested, as do Newcastle.
“We told you yesterday that Newcastle were only looking at a loan at that stage, and Southampton also interested and of course that was where Broja was on loan last season.”
The Verdict: He’d be a great signing
Southampton legend Francis Benali hailed Broja as ‘sensational’ whilst the youngster was on loan at the south coast club, and when looking at his underlying figures, it is easy to see why he has earned such praise.
When compared with positional peers across Europe’s top five leagues over the past year, the 20-year-old ranks in the 86th percentile for aerial duels won, the 82nd percentile for pressures and the 81st percentile for dribbles completed (via FBRef).
With Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring just five Premier League goals last season during an injury-hit campaign, the arrival of Broja would provide Lampard with an alternative option up top, creating competition in the Toffees’ attack.
Therefore, this could be a great signing for Everton if their reported approach leads to something more concrete.
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