Done Deal: Southampton complete signing of 19-year-old Chelsea forward

By | August 12, 2021

Southampton have finalised the loan deal for Chelsea striker Armando Broja.

The 19-year-old, who signed a five-year deal with the Blues this summer, will help the Saints to fill the void left by Danny Ings after his transfer to Aston Villa.

Saints sold Ings to their Premier League rivals earlier last week and have also agreed a fee for Blackburn forward Adam Armstrong as they try and replace the England international’s goals.

Broja spent last campaign on loan at Dutch side Vitesse, founding back of the net 11 times in 34 games as they finished fourth in the Eredivisie, and is highly rated at Stamford Bridge.

The Saints head-coach, Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “Armando is a very talented player who we were impressed by last season.

“He is young, but he comes now with a full season of experience in senior football with a good team, and he brings a lot of qualities that can help us.

“He is a strong, quick player with a good instinct and this makes him a good fit for the way we like to play.

“I know how highly regarded he is by Chelsea, and I think this will be a good place for him to continue his own development as well.”

Broja is the second player to arriving at St Mary’s Stadium from Chelsea, after Tino Livramento’s permanent move.

The Albania international is happy to get the chance of regular first-team football.

Broja said: “I feel very happy. I was really excited to join Southampton. It’s obviously a very good Premier League club.

“They’ve got a good history and they play in the best league in the world, so it’s amazing for a young player to experience it, be in and around a Premier League team, and learn and develop from the older players, the staff and everyone here. It’s a very good opportunity.”