August 16, 2022

The academy graduate, who has attracted strong interest from West Ham United and Everton this summer, was not part of the squad that flew out to Los Angeles on Saturday

Chelsea have received a boost with in-demand forward Armando Broja joining up with the first-team squad for their pre-season training camp in Los Angeles, understands.

Broja wasn’t part of the 29-man group that flew out to the United States on Saturday lunchtime, although that is not believed to have been linked with the growing interest in the 20-year-old’s services in the current transfer window.

West Ham United are understood to be leading the chase for the academy graduate, but a host of clubs across Europe are keeping tabs on his future at Stamford Bridge.

The Albania international spent last season on loan at Premier League side Southampton and enjoyed a strong run of form between November and February during which he scored four goals in nine top-flight games. Broja ended the campaign having found the net nine times in all competitions for the Saints.

That has resulted in a number of clubs registering their interest in Broja this summer – and the forward is unlikely to depart Chelsea on loan once more with clubs, including Everton and Napoli, ready to offer the boyhood Blues fan a prominent role in their side and a permanent home.

Broja isn’t the only arrival with Raheem Sterling also touching down in Los Angeles ahead of his £50million move from Manchester City being confirmed.

The England international will be the first signing for the men’s side under Todd Boehly and will add a guaranteed goal threat to Thomas Tuchel’s side in addition to his Premier League title-winning experience.

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