Armando Broja

Ligue 1 side Monaco target Armando Broja to replace departing Wissam Ben Yedder

Ligue 1 outfit Monaco are targeting a new striker for the club as they try to replace outing Wissam Ben Yedder at the club. With Ben Yedder’s contract up in June, the club is targeting a series of strikers which includes Chelsea’s England-born Albanian striker Armando Broja. A youth product of Chelsea’s academy, Broja has failed to impress the bosses at the West London club and will be available on the market for sale this summer.

Broja to Monaco?

According to reports in English and French media, Broja remains a priority signing for Monaco who will have to find a proper replacement for departing Ben Yedder. The French sticker notched 16 goals and three assists during the 2023-24 season and is the club’s second-highest top scorer in history. The Albanian presents a good option provided he will be available at a cheap price.

The 22-year-old is considered to have no future at the club as the owner Todd Boehly looks to shape a transfer budget for the club. Chelsea could account for anything between $10-15 million for the Albanian who is still a young product.

Chelsea could have earned much more had they decided to cash in on the player last summer. Broja had a poor loan spell at Fulham and did not score any goals in eight appearances for the West London outfit. During his time at Chelsea, he scored three goals in 38 appearances with only two coming in the Premier League.

Broja’s best time at the club came at Southampton where he scored six goals in 32 matches in the 2021-22 season. He also had a fruitful spell away at Dutch side Vitesse where he amassed 11 strikes in 34 matches, which was considered a decent return for the side.

Chelsea to face points deduction for PSR breach?

On the other hand, Chelsea will be more than happy to part ways with Broja as it helps them vacate space in the mandatory homegrown quota of a squad. While it will be a small amount Chelsea could get from the sale of Broja, they can use it to reinvest in a good backup for Nicolas Jackson.

With Chelsea needing to sell more homegrown players to avoid Profit and Sustainability (PSR) breaches, Broja could yet again come in as a good option for Chelsea. The two-time European champions will have to balance the deal sheet before they start the new season to avoid any possible point deduction for breaching the Premier League’s PSR.