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Thomas Tuchel to hand academy starlet first-team role if Chelsea don’t sign a striker

Thomas Tuchel to hand academy starlet first-team role if Chelsea don't sign a striker
The Blues have so far been thwarted in their pursuit of a new frontman (Pictures: Getty)

Chelsea teenager Armando Broja could be brought into the first-team squad for the coming season if the west London club fail to land a new striker in the transfer market this summer.

Thomas Tuchel has made a new, prolific frontman his top priority as he targets the Premier League title, but the club have so far been thwarted in their attempts to land number one target Erling Haaland.

Borussia Dortmund are adamant the Norwegian forward will not be leaving the club even if they receive a £150million offer – over twice the value of a release clause that becomes active next year.

Chelsea target Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski
Chelsea have switched focus from Haaland to Lewandowski (Picture: Getty)

That has seen Chelsea explore other options and they are now revisiting the possibility of luring Bundesliga topscorer Robert Lewandowski away from Bayern Munich.

But that is another very difficult deal to try and pull off and the west Londoners will need to pay around £50m for a 33-year-old – though their desire for a proven, top-level finisher gives them precious few options to choose from.

According to Goal.com, it is possible that Chelsea do not sign a new forward at all this summer and instead promote from within.

The player who is ‘front of the queue’ to be promoted is 19-year-old forward Broja, who enjoyed a very promising loan spell at Vitesse last season.

Academy graduate Broja netted 10 times and was joint-topscorer for the Dutch side and was recently handed a bumper new contract that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2026.

The Albanian youngster has impressed Tuchel in pre-season already, playing 45 minutes against Peterborough in a behind-closer-doors friendly and earning a place in the squad for this week’s training camp in Ireland.

Not only did he set up Hakim Ziyech but he also got on the scoresheet himself, saying afterwards: ‘It’s crazy. When I was younger I never actually thought I’d be in a position like this so I’m thankful every day to my family, to everyone who’s supported me, for the position I’m in.

Thomas Tuchel to hand academy starlet first-team role if Chelsea don't sign a striker
Tuchel has got a first-hand look at Broja, right, in pre-season (Picture: Getty)

‘It’s a nice place to be, you learn from some of the best players in the world. You’re around first-team players who are playing regularly in the Champions League, who won the Champions League, so it’s good to learn from them and they’ll help you out as well, because they’re all lovely people and know you’re younger and trying to develop.

‘It’s like a big family here, so it’s really nice to just talk to the boys and train every day, it’s been a really positive couple of weeks.’

Utilising Broja would also allow Chelsea to make a fresh move for Haaland next summer when the Dortmund striker would cost just £65m due to a release clause in his contract – though there will be plenty of rivals for his signature.

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