Chelsea are now open to letting Armando Broja leave on a straight loan, provided it comes with a significant fee and game time commitments.
Their original preference for a sale or loan with an obligation to buy, at a fee they deem appropriate for a striker they value highly, remains possible.
But the stance has become more flexible as the January transfer window draws towards a close.
If Chelsea’s conditions are not met, there is a decent chance the 22-year-old will stay at the club and potentially leave in the summer instead.
The Athletic reported on Tuesday that Chelsea had rejected an approach from Wolverhampton Wanderers for the Albania international, while Fulham are also among the interested sides.
Broja, who was an unused substitute during Chelsea’s 4-1 defeat at Liverpool, had a delayed start to the season due to the anterior cruciate ligament injury he sustained in December 2022.
He returned after nine months out during September’s 1-0 defeat by Aston Villa, scoring twice and providing one assist this season.