Everton have been instructed to push for Chelsea to include Armando Broja as part of negotiations for Anthony Gordon. Former Premier League midfielder Danny Murphy believes that Broja would be a ‘real asset’ for the Toffees, who are in need of attacking reinforcements due to Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury record.
Calvert-Lewin was limited to just 17 Premier League appearances last season as Everton struggled through a torrid campaign. Their top-flight survival was sealed in their penultimate match against Crystal Palace and, with just one point from a possible nine this time around, it is clear that Frank Lampard needs to act.
Selling one of the team’s brightest sparks in Gordon may be considered a strange course of action in times of difficulty, but reports indicate that Chelsea could be willing to fork out around £60million for the youngster, who has only ever scored four league goals.
Murphy claims that if Lampard can convince his former side to part with Broja as well as some cash, it could be worth Everton’s while.
“Broja would be part of the [Anthony Gordon] deal, I would insist on that,” Murphy told talkSPORT. “I think he’s a terrific talent. Broja would be a real asset to them. I thought he was really good at Southampton in a struggling side.”
Broja, 20, scored six league goals during a season-long loan spell with Southampton and impressed with his pace and intensity. Chelsea have fended off interest from numerous sides this summer, including West Ham and Real Madrid, while Everton are also believed to be in the mix.