CHELSEA starlet Armando Broja looks set to leave to join Udinese on loan.
The Blues have been working on a new deal for the 19-year-old rising star after he impressed last season at Vitesse Arnhem.
They have now tied him down long-term following his return to Stamford Bridge.
The 19-year-old – who has been part of Chelsea’s first team during pre-season – has agreed to stay until June 2026.
However, it appears he may be heading to Italy in order to gain further experience.
That’s according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, who claims ‘talks are ongoing’ between Chelsea and Udinese over a potential loan.
SunSport revealed back in May that Thomas Tuchel’s side were poised to open contracts with Broja after his standout stint on loan last season.
The forward followed in Mason Mount’s footsteps in spending a term at Vitesse in the Eredivisie – where he netted 11 goals in 34 games.
His prolific form for the Blues’ academy saw his stock rise and Chelsea were aware Broja would be in demand after his spell in the Netherlands.
The Albanian has already made his Premier League debut for the West Londoners under former boss Frank Lampard.
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Broja was handed a late cameo during Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Everton in March 2020 and will hope to be involved again next season.
The club have already seen Olivier Giroud close in on a cut-price move to AC Milan and may need additional cover upfront.
Tammy Abraham has also been linked with a return to Aston Villa with Arsenal and West Ham also keen.
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