Chelsea look set to miss out on the signing of Portuguese sensation Bruma, after Galatasaray lodged a €10million bid for the Sporting Lisbon winger, according to Turkish newspaper Milliyet.
The 18-year-old has been the subject of intense transfer speculation all summer after a series of impressive performances for Portugal at the U20 World Cup in Turkey back in June.
With five goals in three group stage games, Bruma enhanced his burgeoning reputation having made 13 senior appearances for the Estádio José Alvalade outfit in 2012/13.
Jose Mourinho has been credited with an interest in signing the 'new Ronaldo' - a nickname given to the talented teenager because of his similarities in playing style to the Real Madrid star - though a Stamford Bridge switch now looks to be unlikely, after Galatasaray stole a march on Chelsea in the chase for the player's signature.
The Turkish Süper Lig outfit have put forward a deal which would see the €10million transfer fee paid in instalments over a two-year period, with Bruma set to earn €2.2 million per-season on a five-year contract.
"Anything could happen [in regards to the Bruma transfer] this could go down to the last minute," reflected Galatasaray president Ünal Aysal in an interview with Radyospor.
It certainly looks as though Bruma will leave Sporting Lisbon before the close of the transfer window, given the widespread interest in his services, though Chelsea were not named as one of the parties to submit a formal offer.
"I have only received expressions of interest from Real Madrid, PSV Eindhoven and Galatasaray," his lawyer, Bebiano Gomes, recently revealed in an interview with RTP.
"I admit at this point he could go abroad or continue playing in Portugal."
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