Former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson has cautioned manager Thomas Tuchel that if the Albanian is permitted to negotiate a transfer away before the conclusion of the summer transfer window, he may “regret” losing attacker Armando Broja.
Since the end of the season, Premier League teams including West Ham United, Newcastle United, and Everton have been connected with a transfer for Broja, who spent last season on loan at Southampton and scored nine goals in 38 appearances across all competitions.
The 20-year-old has been a Chelsea player since 2009, although he has only ever played in one first-team match, replacing Olivier Giroud in a March 2020 Premier League victory against Everton.
Broja, an Albanian international with four goals in 14 games, was born in Slough and spent the 2020–21 season on loan with Vitesse Arnhem, a regular Chelsea team, scoring 11 goals in 34 games.
Johnson now claims that the Blues shouldn’t sell him unless a significant financial offer is made.
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Johnson told The Games Cabin, “I think, because of the circumstances, they’ll regret letting Broja leave because they’re not selling him for tremendous, massive money.”
They are releasing a guy who has the potential to be fantastic without letting another team overpay. You won’t find a player of comparable or higher quality for the same price.
You should keep him and make do with what you have, I say. It will cost X amount of money to choose a well-known goal scorer right now. He won’t be yours for £30 million, are you sure? Instead of selling him for a low price, it would be preferable for them to make do with what they have.
According to Johnson, Broja can help Chelsea in the forthcoming season, and the goals he may score at Stamford Bridge are worth more than the price a sale would fetch.
Johnson continued, “I’m not quite persuaded Broja can develop into a terrific Premier League goalscorer, but he is decent in front of goal and he can finish.”
I simply anticipate him to score a lot of goals given the opportunities Chelsea will provide. Undoubtedly, there is a significant unanswered question. Instead of spending £80 million to £100 million on someone who would also have that question mark, I’d rather keep him for that reason.
Romelu Lukaku has already been granted permission by Chelsea to return to Inter Milan this summer on loan, while England striker Raheem Sterling has been acquired from Manchester City for £45 million.