Chelsea are now open to letting Armando Broja leave the club on a straight loan today, provided suitors are ready to part with a significant fee and give an assurance of game time, according to The Athletic journalist David Ornstein.
The Blues are still open to selling the 22-year-old striker or loaning him out with an obligation to buy included in a deal.
However, both Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers have baulked at their demands, and Chelsea are now ready to let him leave on a straight loan instead.
🚨 EXCL: Chelsea now open to letting Armando Broja go on straight loan, with significant fee & game time assurance. Sale or loan + obligation still possible. If numbers & conditions aren’t right, may stay + assess in summer @TheAthleticFC #CFC #DeadlineDay https://t.co/ooIhEdDRfJ
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) February 1, 2024
They initially wanted £50 million to sell Broja before reportedly reducing their asking price to £40m yesterday.
The 20% reduction has not changed the minds of his suitors, and with just some hours left in the transfer window, Chelsea are open to a loan deal instead.
If their conditions are not met, there is a chance the Albanian international will stay at the club and potentially leave in the summer instead.
Selling Broja represents pure profit in Financial Fair Play terms, and Chelsea would end up benefitting hugely from doing business with suitors at the end of the season as they want a sizeable fee for his services.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury he sustained in December 2022 saw him return to action last September, and he has struggled to hit the ground running.
A move to where he is guaranteed frequent playing chances could see his value soar ahead of the summer transfer window if he scores plenty of goals, and it is why Chelsea are insisting on that assurance before sending him out.
Broja will be desperate to seal a loan move today so as to prove himself elsewhere, and more clubs could still enter into the race to recruit his services until the end of the campaign after the Blues made it clear they are open to a temporary deal.
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