Southampton: Roman Abramovich development could affect £70m star's future

Southampton will be hindered in their attempts to sign Chelsea striker Armando Broja on a permanent basis because of the sanctions imposed on Blues owner Roman Abramovich, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

Broja headed to St Mary’s on a season-long loan last August and has adjusted to the rigours of the Premier League impressively, leading to plenty of interest ahead of the summer window opening for business.

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Southampton are understood to be in constant dialogue with Chelsea ahead of the expiry of Broja’s loan agreement, with the south coast club keen to explore whether a permanent deal could be struck.

However, Saints are not the 10-cap Albania international’s only suitors as Arsenal and West Ham United also have the frontman in their sights, while former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard – who is now in charge of Everton – is known to be an admirer.

But Broja’s parent club, Chelsea, are at risk of being plunged into financial ruin as Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government last week.

Consequently, the Russian oligarch’s assets have been frozen, resulting in Chelsea now being unable to sell match tickets and the club cannot make money from their merchandise shop.

The sanctions will halt the Blues’ summer transfer business and it could reportedly see Broja become a key member of the west Londoners’ squad next season.

Chelsea are also expected to benefit from Broja penning a new long-term deal, which does not expire until the summer of 2026, last year.

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What has Dean Jones said about Broja?

Jones believes the financial situation at Chelsea could play into Broja’s hands as he looks to break into the Stamford Bridge senior squad.

However, the transfer insider understands that will result in Southampton being frustrated in their attempts to sign the 20-year-old permanently.

He feels Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl may be forced to look elsewhere if he wants to improve his attacking options at the end of the season.

When asked about how the sanctions on Abramovich could impact on Broja, Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “It could work out really nicely for Broja but not so much for Southampton.”

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How has Broja performed so far this season?

Broja went into the campaign having only made one Premier League appearance for Chelsea, but he has taken to the English top flight like a duck to water.

The 6 ft 3 frontman, who is valued at £70million by his parent club, has found the back of the net six times and registered another assist in 25 Southampton outings in the Premier League.

Across all competitions, Broja has racked up 10 goal contributions in a Saints shirt.

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