Graham Potter has grand plans for a Chelsea forward Todd Boehly trusts, though their faith will face a stern test from a European heavyweight, per a report.
The Blues forked out around £254m on eight new recruits last summer. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the only striker to arrive, though the ex-Arsenal hitman may have already lost his place.
Aubameyang did not shine in either of his first two matches with the Blues. The first saw him spurn a series of chances to either score himself or assist a teammate in the shock 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb.
He fared little better in Graham Potter’s first match in charge against RB Salzburg, being replaced just after the hour mark.
Armando Broja was brought on from the bench and the 21-year-old Albanian is highly regarded at Chelsea.
Indeed, part-owner Todd Boehly handed Broja a new six-year deal the day after the transfer window closed.
The Sun recently reported Broja has sent new manager Potter wild in training. As a result, it was speculated he could be given the nod to start ahead of Aubameyang against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
However, both Potter and Boehly’s faith in the rising striker could face a stern test from Italy.
AC Milan are known to be infatuated with Broja and Tuttosport reported they’re plotting a bid in 2023.
Prem veterans not cutting it at Milan
Divock Origi is struggling since joining as a free agent from Liverpool. According to Calciomercato, Milan have come to the conclusion they can’t rely on Olivier Giroud for much longer too. The French veteran turns 36 on Friday.
A bid in the region of £30m-£35m was touted as in the pipeline for 2023 by Tuttosport. Calcio state the next summer window is when it will arrive.
Milan are fully aware they can’t go for targets who command fees any higher.
Broja reportedly represents the perfect middle ground given he is young but does have a full campaign of EPL experience having shone with Southampton last year.
Furthermore, Milan like his ‘technical qualities’ as well as his physical presence. All in all, he’s deemed a perfect fit for what Milan want.
Relations with Chelsea are termed ‘excellent’. The two clubs have presided over multiple deals in recent years including for Giroud and Fikayo Tomori.
If Milan do act on their interest next summer, Boehly and Potter’s faith in Broja will be put to the test.
What will Chelsea do with Broja?
If AC Milan do table a bid, the answer to that question likely rests on how Broja performs this season.
The Guardian reported West Ham failed with a £30m bid for Broja last summer.
Thomas Tuchel was ready to accept the offer, believing Broja wasn’t ready to feature in his first-team. Boehly thought otherwise, knocking back the bid before handing out a lucrative new contract extension.
Boehly is the key decision-maker at Stamford Bridge and has already thrown his backing behind Broja.
As such, barring a series of disastrous displays this season, Chelsea appear unlikely to sell someone they clearly rate highly.