Chelsea attacker with €30m valuation ‘fits perfectly’ for AC Milan; Blues ‘attentive’ to Bundesliga star

Lewis Oldham
Chelsea forward Broja

AC Milan are reportedly keeping an eye on Chelsea attacker Armando Broja with the player’s situation at Stamford Bridge currently unclear.

Broja progressed through the ranks at Chelsea and more people became aware of him throughout the 2021/22 campaign.

This came as he shone for Southampton during his season-long loan spell at St Mary’s.

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The 21-year-old was one of the breakout stars in the Premier League that term as he netted nine goals across all competitions.

Broja was linked with the likes of Newcastle United and West Ham United in the summer but he ended up signing a new long-term contract at Stamford Bridge which runs until 2028.

Reports have since emerged regarding Broja as ex-Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel and co-owner Todd Boehly butted heads about the striker.

Tuchel was not sold on Broja and he was ‘prepared’ to let the attacker leave Chelsea in the summer.

The German did not believe that Broja ‘was ready’ to play for Chelsea but the manager was pressured into playing him after his new contract was finalised.

Tuchel departed Chelsea earlier this month so Broja now has a fresh start under new boss Graham Potter.

But Calciomercato (via Sport Witness) are reporting that AC Milan see Broja as a potential signing next summer. They have a ‘clear plan’ to bring in a new striker before the 2023/24 campaign.

It is said that Broja ‘fits perfectly with Milan’s football philosophy’ given his ‘technical qualities and physical structure’.

The report adds that ‘there is nothing more than simple interest’ at this time but Broja is ‘transferable’ even with his new contract. It is also claimed that the forward will be available ‘for around €30m’.

Should Broja leave, Chelsea will likely look to add another attacker to their squad.

Over the past few months, they have been linked with RB Leipzig attacker Christopher Nkunku. 

The Frenchman has grabbed six goals and one assist in just eleven outings at the beginning of this campaign.

Fabrizio Romano has reported that Chelsea will be among “many clubs” who will be interested in bringing in Nkunku next summer:

“There will be many clubs in the race for Nkunku next summer, including Chelsea as they’ve always been interested and attentive to his growth,” Romano wrote for Caught Offside.

“Nothing has been decided yet on the next step, it will be in 2023 – Nkunku will be one of the big names next summer.

“For now, Chelsea have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after his move from Barcelona in the summer, so I don’t expect a striker will be a priority for January.

“It’s more likely the Blues will look for wingers instead of centre forwards in the winter window.”