Chelsea and Aston Villa Discuss Potential Striker Swap: Broja for Duran

As the January window reaches its climax, Chelsea are reportedly willing to part ways with Armando Broja. Talks have ensued with Aston Villa regarding a potential striker swap, involving Jhon Duran.

Chelsea’s decision to let Broja go aligns with their profit and sustainability requirements, given the striker’s homegrown status. However, it’s worth noting that any deal involving the talented Albanian is expected to be a loan with an obligation.

The swap deal between Chelsea and Aston Villa

Aston Villa, keen on securing Broja’s services, have expressed interest in arranging a loan deal with an obligation to buy. To facilitate this, are is open to allowing Jhon Duran to depart in the opposite direction.

While not a straight swap due to Financial Fair Play (FFP) considerations, the talks between the two clubs suggest that a deal involving Broja and Duran moving in opposite directions is a genuine possibility.

Fulham have also shown interest in Broja, although they deny making a bid, and Wolves have been tracking him but appear unlikely to make a move in the coming days.

Duran, a Colombian forward, joined Aston Villa in January 2023 from Chicago Fire in a deal costing around £17 million. Despite being a raw talent at 20 years old, Duran has struggled for gametime with Watkins being the first-choice striker.

Duran has made no Premier League starts this season, with all 14 of his league appearances coming off the bench. While he has managed to score two goals in limited playing time, breaking into Villa’s regular starting lineup seems challenging.

For Chelsea, pursuing Duran seems like a strategic move to invest in the young Colombian’s potential for the future. However, it raises questions about whether he can immediately fill the void left by Broja’s departure. Given that the Albanian is considered a talented young striker with significant promise.

As the transfer deadline approaches, this potential swap between Broja and Duran adds an intriguing element to Chelsea’s dealings in the January window. The exchange would not only address Chelsea’s profit and sustainability requirements but also introduce a new face to the Stamford Bridge landscape.

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