Everton have been linked with Armando Broja on several occasions over the summer transfer window, and Frank Lampard may finally get his target as the club is hit with a huge transfer dilemma.
Italian journalist and transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has revealed that despite a bid for Anthony Gordon being rejected by Everton, there could still be a deal struck as Chelsea may include one of or some of the players Lampard is interested in this summer to sweeten the deal.
Romano tweeted: “Chelsea are discussing internally of new proposal for Anthony Gordon as opening bid worth £40m has been rejected by Everton today.
“Chelsea could try to include players in the deal as Frank Lampard wanted more than one CFC player this summer.”
The Athletic again today linked Everton with a move for Chelsea youngster Broja.
The proposition that could be proposed to include some of the Chelsea players Lampard has been eyeing up will create a huge dilemma for the Everton boss when it comes to letting go of Gordon.
The Toffees winger is a very popular player with the Goodison Park faithful as he is a boyhood Evertonian, breaking through the club’s youth system to become a key player in the first team, however, they are in a position of desperation when it comes to goal-scoring forwards.
So far, Lampard’s side haven’t picked up a single point and have scored just one goal in their Premier League campaign and following a relegation scrap last term, the club know they’re in a situation that could repeat itself if they don’t get everything right.
Everton do boast enough wingers to cover the position of Gordon with Demarai Gray and new signing Dwight McNeil more than capable of stepping up in the wider areas of the front-line, however, when it comes to proper goal-scorers and strikers, the team is weaker than ever following Richarlison’s departure and Calvert-Lewin’s injury problems.
As a result, the opportunity to sign Broja could be enough to see Gordon head in the direction of Stamford Bridge this season as the club desperately tries to recoup the goal contributions lost without the Brazilian winger and their number nine.
The £30m-valued Albanian who was hailed as “dangerous” by Ralph Hasenhuttl had a successful loan spell over at St Mary’s with Southampton last season, scoring nine goals and delivering one assist over his time on the South coast.
Broja is now back with Chelsea and has featured in both of their Premier League games so far albeit making just 12 minutes worth of appearances, but will surely be hungry for a more permanent position in either the London-based team or he could make the move up to Merseyside to reunite with the manager that gave him his top-flight debut.
In terms of a like-for-like replacement, Broja plays solely in the centre-forward role compared to Gordon who has only been deployed in the role to cover for Calvert-Lewin at present.
Therefore, there is no doubt that Lampard would prefer to bring in somebody who is not only experienced in the position but knows the style of play he is keen to execute, something that their young prodigy cannot do from a central area.
With that being said, the signing of Broja would be a great piece of business for Everton, however, if it comes at the cost of Everton losing one of their most beloved players it would be a huge risk.