Mauricio Pochettino suggests Chelsea striker could block next summer transfer

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that the presence of Armando Broja could block a new forward signing. The Argentine does not want to stunt the growth of the Albania striker who is close to returning to fitness following a serious injury.

Broja hasn’t played since rupturing his anterior cruciate knee ligament last December. He suffered the injury during a mid-season friendly against Aston Villa as Premier League clubs attempted to get up to speed following the break for the World Cup.

Broja didn’t feature in pre-season but has been pictured back in training in recent weeks. Chelsea missed out on the signing of Michael Olise from Crystal Palace this week after the Frenchman signed a new four-year deal at Selhurst Park.

Pochettino says the club will continue to monitor the market for different attacking options. However, he has hinted that a new signing will not occur if he thinks it would block Broja’s route back into the first team.

Asked if Chelsea are open to signing a forward player, Pochettino said: “We are working of course. Seeing all of the options we can manage on the market.

“I think all the clubs are doing the same as us. But at the same time, we are keeping one or two eyes on Armando Broja. I think we cannot forget him, we cannot stop him and to bring in some profile of player that can stop his evolution

“We really believe in him, we know him really well. He can be a really important striker for Chelsea and we need to be careful. I think it’s a big disappointment, the situation with Christoph because he should be a very important players for us to help Nico Jackson to score goals but that is football and we need to accept that situation.

“But at the same time we cannot sometimes go for some player that maybe after will stop a player we have. Maybe we have to be patient and to try to adapt our squad to try and get positive results, waiting for Armando to get fully fit.”


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