Chelsea are still weighing plans for Armando Broja and Levi Colwill for the upcoming season, according to the PA news agency.
Roja and Colwill are understood to have been hoping their situation would be resolved, ideally ahead of the Blues’ pre-season tour of the United States.
But both Chelsea bosses and the two talented young Stamford Bridge stars are said to be realistic about the demands of the west London club’s hectic off-field summer.
Talks between Chelsea and Broja and Colwill were set to continue, with the Blues scheduled to fly to Los Angeles for a training camp ahead of three preseason games on Saturday.
The transfer deal of manager Thomas Tuchel and new co-owner Todd Boehly will have a natural cascading effect on the rest of the Chelsea squad.
Chelsea’s recruitment in attack and defense will impact Broja and Colwill, so the Blues will be forgiven for wanting to secure reinforcements before finally addressing their native pair.
However, Tuchel and Boehly will know they cannot afford such a luxury as the decisions appear to strike a balance between club and player.
Broja has attracted great interest from West Ham, Napoli, Newcastle and Southampton, where the Albanian striker scored nine goals on loan last season.
The 20-year-old showcased his diverse attacking skills during his loan spell at the South Coast last season and is now believed to be ready for an enduring challenge.
The Slough-born striker would be delighted at the chance to step into a regular first-team clash with Chelsea.
Should Broja not spend the season with the Blues, a departure from Stamford Bridge could prove permanent.
However, Chelsea appreciate Broja for his talent and attitude and he could still find a place in Tuchel’s plans for the upcoming season.
The Blues are close to completing the £45m transfer of Raheem Sterling, with a deal for Raphinha still on the table and likely to happen should Barcelona fail to muster the full asking price from Leeds.
Talented left-footed centre-back Colwill impressed on a season-long loan to Huddersfield last season and is now seen by many as ready to take on the Premier League challenge.
Colwill, 19, has risen to England’s Under-21 level after shining at Huddersfield as the Terriers reached the Championship play-off final.
The Blues need reinforcements at left-back after Antonio Rudiger joined Real Madrid and Andreas Christensen joined Barcelona.
Chelsea believe in Colwill’s amazing talent but are also working hard on defensive additions.
Bayern Munich are believed to believe they can convince Juventus and Matthijs De Ligt of a deal with Bayern ahead of Chelsea.
The Blues know De Ligt is excited at the prospect of working with Tuchel, but the 22-year-old would also be keen on the challenge at Bayern.
Chelsea are believed to strike a deal for Nathan Ake to bring his former Manchester City defender back to west London.
They are also still expected to secure a deal for Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, with the Blues only having to settle a fee with the Spanish club.
Barcelona are still pushing hard for deals to bring both Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta to the Nou Camp from Chelsea.
Chelsea co-owners Boehly and Behdad Eghbali met Barcelona’s hierarchy in the Catalan city for dinner on Thursday night, where both Blues defenders are said to have been discussed.
It is believed that Boehly and Eghbali’s main purpose of the visit was part of their effort to meet and develop relationships with the most important figures in European football.
Barcelona are understood to have encouraged Chelsea to make a bid for Frenkie De Jong, although Manchester United are believed to remain favorites to sign the former Ajax midfielder.
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