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‘He has exploded’: International manager says £58m striker Arsenal reportedly want is totally ‘devastating’

Armando Broja praised
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Sergio Porrini, the assistant manager of Albania, has praised reported Arsenal target Armando Broja.

The youngster joined Southampton on loan at the start of this season from Chelsea, and he has been a revelation. Broja has been the Saints’ best player, having scored nine goals in all competitions so far.

His impressive performances have attracted the interest of a number of clubs in the Premier League, including Arsenal, with Mikel Arteta reportedly a big fan of the 20-year-old Chelsea loanee.

Arsenal-linked Armando Broja praised by his international coach

Porrini, who has closely worked with Broja in the Albanian national team, was asked about the young striker’s performances this season, and he, like many of us, has been impressed.

The assistant manager told TMW about Broja: “From last year to this he has grown a lot, and at Southampton, he has exploded.

“His greatest qualities are in progression, especially the ball and chain. (He’s) less good, on the other hand, with his back to the goal, in the construction of the action.

“But, in the spaces, he is devastating!”

Armando Broja praised
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Arsenal will need at least one new striker this summer, if not two. With Champions League football looking extremely unlikely, the Gunners will struggle to attract the biggest names to the Emirates.

Arteta and Edu may have to look at youngsters again, and Broja is definitely an interesting choice. The Albanian has the potential to be a top striker in a few years’ time, and around better players at Arsenal, he will surely thrive.

However, even though Chelsea are willing to sell Broja this summer, they are reportedly looking for a fee in the region of £58 million, which is more than what the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Jonathan David are expected to cost in the upcoming summer window.

If that valuation is true, we don’t expect Arsenal or anyone else to get a deal done this summer.

Armando Broja praised
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