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Southampton handed boost in pursuit of Armando Broja

The news that Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich put Chelsea up for sale sent shock waves across the football world, but the decision was in the best interests of the club with everything that is happening in Ukraine right now.

Implications yet aren’t too clear, but it is believed that the club are going to become more ‘self-reliant‘ and may need to sell to buy in the summer – allowing the potential sale of Armando Broja.

Southampton fans have fallen in love with the 20-year-old striker on-loan from the European Champions, who on Wednesday scored a sensational solo goal to secure his team’s spot in the FA Cup quarter-final, and the player himself is seemingly beginning to fall in love with the club too.

In an interview with the Saints matchday programme, Broja said: “It’s gone so fast. When you think about it, it’s crazy! That six months have flown by. I would say I’m very happy with how it’s gone – I came here as a young boy and every day I’m learning and progressing, and starting to build into a man.

Will Armando Broja be a Saints player next season?

Yes, he's loved his time at the club!

Yes, he's loved his time at the club!

No, he will move to a bigger team!

No, he will move to a bigger team!

“That’s thanks to Southampton. They’ve helped me with my journey so far, and hopefully it keeps getting better.

“I would say I’m very happy with how it’s gone – I came here as a young boy and every day I’m learning and progressing, and starting to build into a man.

“That’s thanks to Southampton. They’ve helped me with my journey so far, and hopefully it keeps getting better.”

Despite playing just the second half on Wednesday, Broja was Southampton’s highest performer in match rating (7.6) according to SofaScore, winning a penalty also that James Ward-Prowse converted and terrorising the Hammers back-line with his pace, power and aggression.

His development has been rapid, and it has earned him admirers in the form of other clubs too, with Arsenal said to be also keen on the striker who journalist Fabrizio Romano believes is “performing at an incredible level.”

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Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl needs to do everything in his power to make sure Broja turns down any other interested teams though, as his combination of size, athleticism and natural goal-scoring instincts could make him soon one of the best strikers in Europe. At a reported fee of £20m too, he could turn out to be a bargain.

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