Real Madrid have reportedly made contact with Chelsea enquiring about the availability of one of their most highly-rated youngsters.
Thomas Tuchel’s team is pack with promising young talent, but the need for immediate success means a route into the first team for some of the club’s most talented academy graduates is far from straightforward.
Over the course of the German’s tenure, the Blues have parted company with players like Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi, both of whom have mow established themselves in Gareth Southgate’s England set-up.
Conor Gallagher and Billy Gilmour were sent out on loan last campaign and neither are certain to play prominently this term, especially the Scotland international who was demoted and asked to train with the club’s Under-23s in their pre-season tour of America.
Despite the sale of Romelu Lukaku, and Chelsea’s unwillingness to sign a like-for-like replacement, Armando Broja’s future looks uncertain.
The Albania international impressed while on loan at Southampton last season and returned to his club in the summer, only for him to sustain an ankle injury that forced him to miss all three games on the US tour.
West Ham looked likely to be the player’s most likely destination but Chelsea’s London rivals this week completed the £30m signing of of Sassuolo forward Gianluca Scamacca.
David Moyes remains interested in Broja, but his club would prefer a loan deal given the money they have already invested in their latest recruit.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, according to The Evening Standard, are looking to cut the average age of their team and follow their recent pattern of recruiting top talent from abroad having signed Camavinga and Tchouameni in successive summers.
Chelsea, however, are hoping to integrate Broja back into the first team squad ahead of the new season now he has recovered from injury.