The lowdown: Wanted man
Broja has become among the most sought-after commodities in the Premier League following a stellar loan spell at Southampton last season.
Despite the admiration, a move is yet to materialise and as Chelsea prepare to head to the United States for a pre-season tour, previously linked Everton have now been offered encouragement to sign the powerful frontman…
The latest: ‘Entered the race’
It’s claimed that Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel ‘has not planned’ to include the 14-cap Albania ace in the squad to travel this month, casting doubt over his inclusion in the setup next season.
The report, therefore, states that Broja – who was described as a ‘dangerous forward’ by football talent scout Jacek Kulig – has ‘imposed an ultimatum’ on the London club due to the ‘numerous worshippers’ for the player in the Premier League.
The verdict: Make a move
Following the departure of Richarlison to Tottenham, Blues boss Frank Lampard is somewhat bereft of genuine attacking options within the Goodison Park ranks with only Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Salomon Rondon at his disposal, and attempting to sign the Albanian powerhouse could certainly resolve the problem area.
Standing at 6 foot 1, Broja possesses strong aerial ability that would allow the Blues to continue to implement their direct crossing style, a method implemented at times under Lampard and one that the existing strikeforce in situ, as well as the departed Brazilian, are all superb exponents at carrying out.
Last term Broja scored nine times and provided one assist in 38 appearances across all competitions, earning a 6.69 Sofascore rating whilst winning an impressive 5.0 duels and taking 1.4 shots on average per outing – showcasing a willingness to work for the side as well as influence games in the final third, something that will need replicating having lost the unwavering work ethic of Richarlison.
Available for a previously reported lofty £57.8million, the Toffees hierarchy and Director of Football Kevin Thelwell should make their intentions known and attempt to sign the dynamic attacker with a lower bid amidst the apparent fresh uncertainty.
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