SOUTHAMPTON have beaten Udinese to the signature of Chelsea wonderkid Armando Broja.
The Blues up-and-coming striker, 19, is set to spend the 2021-22 season at St Mary’s, according to Italian football expert Fabrizio Romano.
Chelsea’s Armando Broja will spend 2021-22 season on loan at SouthamptonCredit: Rex
It is claimed the Slough-born forward completed his medical with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side today, after agreeing to a contract extension with the 2021 Champions League winners in July.
And the starlet’s new five-year deal will see him remain a Chelsea player until June 2026.
Broja, who spent last term on loan with Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem, is thought to have wowed Stamford Bridge and Saints officials with his performances in the Eredivisie.
The player, who joined Chelsea’s Under-18s in July 2018, notched up 11 goals and three assists in 34 appearances across all competitions last term.
And the forward helped Arnhem to a fourth-place finish in the Netherland’s top tier last season.
It thought Romelu Lukaku’s £97.5million impending move to Chelsea could lead to limited first-team chances for the youngster this season.
Southampton, who play Everton in their first Prem game this term, have already added two former Blues players to their ranks.
Tino Livramento, 18, and Dynel Simeu, 19, noth joined the Saints on permanent contracts this summer.
Liveramento signed a five-year deal with Southampton who are thought to have paid around £5million for the highly-rated right-sided midfielder.
And Cameroon-born centre-back Simeu is thought to have swapped Stamford Bridge for Saint Mary’s in July in search of first-team opportunities.
Southampton, who finished fifteenth in the Prem last season, are looking for replacements for Danny Ings following his Aston Villa move.
The club are reportedly on the hunt for another forward in addition to Broja.
And it is claimed the club are confident of sealing a £15million plus add-ons deal for Blackburn forward Adam Armstrong.
SunSport reports Rovers have accepted an offer that could rise up to £20million for the striker who netted 29 goals in all competitions last season.
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