Southampton recently let Danny Ings go to Aston Villa in a £30m transfer, and while that is a rather handsome fee to receive for a journeyman striker with one (1) good season at the top level, it does leave Saints a bit shorthanded in terms of goal-scoring. Ché Adams and Michael Obafemi could step up to fill that void consistently (rather than just against Chelsea), but Southampton are actively looking to add another option to their ranks as well.
They were recently linked with Tammy Abraham, and while presumably they could afford to meet our £40m asking price after the Ings windfall, they are apparently only looking for a temporary loan solution — and that’s certainly something we don’t want to do with Abraham. We do have a striker we’d like to send on a challenging loan however, and it sounds like Southampton might be game.
According to various sources, including the Telegraph’s Mike McGrath, Southampton are “looking at” arranging a season-long loan for Armando Broja. The 19-year-old has had a good preseason, finding the back of the net a couple times and surely impressing Thomas Tuchel, but the best thing for his development right now is regular playing time, and that’s not something he’s likely to get at Chelsea just yet. He recently signed a long-term contract, so we do have some time to play the loan game with him.
Understand Chelsea are in advanced talks with Southampton over a season-long loan move for Armando Broja. Discussions have been held over the last couple of days.— Adam Newson (@AdamNewson) August 8, 2021
Saints looking for reinforcements after Danny Ings departure. Would be a big loan for Broja.