Real Madrid have contacted Chelsea over the availability of Armando Broja, according to the Evening Standard.
Broja has returned to Chelsea off the back of a loan spell at Southampton last time out where he scored nine goals in all competitions.
The Albanian was previously linked with a move to West Ham United which eventually failed to materialise as Thomas Tuchel stated his desire to keep hold of Broja, especially in the wake of Romelu Lukaku’s exit.
“I don’t expect him[Broja] to leave,” Tuchel told the Chelsea official website at the start of his side’s pre-season tour in the United States.
“We are aware of interest and offers, which just tells us there is a lot of potential, and the owners and me will take this decision together in the end, also with the player.
“After his loan at Southampton, the situation was very clear for him to make the next step, to show his improvement and make an impression in pre-season.
“Let’s see how this goes but I’m pretty calm about it because we know the situation and we have a contract.”
West Ham reportedly remain keen on a love move for Broja despite having acquired the services of Gianluca Scamacca from Serie A outfit Sassuolo.
While Newcastle United and Everton have also been credited with an interest in Broja, Chelsea are not willing to accept any bids at the moment although the Blues’ stance could be tested soon with Real Madrid now thought to be admirers of the 20-year-old.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men could certainly do with a new back-up striker following the departure of Luka Jovic to Fiorentina, while Mariano Diaz remains as unconvincing as ever.
Having relied heavily on Karim Benzema for goals during the just-concluded campaign, Los Blancos are seeking to bolster their options at the top end of the pitch ahead of the upcoming campaign where they will be looking to defend their Spanish and European crowns.