Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has revealed that his club have tried to contact someone at Chelsea about signing Armando Broja on a permanent basis.
The Albanian international has been on loan at St Mary’s this season and has been in impressive form for the Saints. However, Hasenhuttl said they have not been able to enter discussions over a transfer:
“We are discussing this topic at the moment, but we all know the situation at Chelsea. That there are a lot of changes there. It is, at the moment, not so easy to find the right person to talk to and to speak about futures with players.”
With Chelsea currently under sanctions until a takeover is completed, selling Broja would not be on the agenda but, even if the Blues were in the position to negotiate, fans on Twitter feel that the striker should remain in London:
Take the hint and sign someone else
— NegativeChelseaFan (@NegativChelsea) April 14, 2022
They ghosting you bro. We need Broja and Gallagher next season.
— KTBFFH ⭐⭐ (@DBoy626) April 14, 2022
Good. And long may it continue. Broja is not for sale
— Mark Sumner (@Ruislip4EU) April 14, 2022
Haha Chelsea are pressing ignore
— The Backseat Pundit (@BackseatPundit) April 14, 2022
They can keep finding the wrong person to talk to even after the ownership situation is resolved.
— Nicholas Wilson (@Nick_Wilson_90) April 14, 2022
Nothing to talk about here. He’s coming back home after his loan spell expires.
— Kanmi 🇳🇬.anon (@Sunkyjay) April 15, 2022
Southampton should stop bothering themselves. Chelsea won’t sell, and I don’t think they will keep him further on loan too.
They’re giving themselves unnecessary headache.
— Tony José-Maria (@toornie) April 14, 2022
I would imagine seeing as we literally can’t do any sort of transfers atm. Southampton shouldn’t get their hopes up since they don’t have an option to buy we tied him down to a new 5 year contract before he left and Tuchel likes him
— Taylor ⭐⭐ (@TaylorTyama) April 14, 2022
Reports last month suggested that Chelsea value Broja at around €70m (£58m) anyway so that would probably rule Southampton out of the running for his signature. Other teams, including Arsenal and AC Milan, have been linked, but there is an expectation that he will be considered for first-team selection next season by manager Thomas Tuchel.