Chelsea could be set to finally land the man they’ve been linked with for the last 12 months, Galatasaray’s Bruma - dubbed the ‘new Ronaldo’ - after his club’s chairman admitted they were open to receiving offers.
Gala chief Unal Aysal admitted that Bruma could be on his way out of the club on a permanent deal this summer, according to Portuguese tabloid A Bola, although he won’t be entertaining loan offers for the youngster. At 19-years-of-age the Bissau-born winger has already made quite a name for himself on the European stage, and his tag as the next Cristiano Ronaldo is sure to have captured the attentions of plenty of Premier League bosses.
Naturally Chelsea, who are usually on-point when it comes to landing rising stars, have registered a keen interest in the Portuguese wide man, and Jose Mourinho may well have been convinced to submit a formal offer after Aysal’s most recent comments regarding Bruma’s availability.
“We are not interested in loaning Bruma, we may consider a permanent transfer if the price is right,” the Gala chairman told reporters.
The Blues have been named in connection with a move for Bruma for some time now, with reports as far back as last summer suggesting a transfer would be made eventually. The likes of Thibaut Courtois, Romelu Lukaku, Oscar and Eden Hazard are all proof that Chelsea are willing to place financial backing behind the development of youngsters, and Galatasaray’s latest prodigy already carries a burgeoning reputation.
Of course Mourinho isn’t the only manager said to have the starlet on his radar, and could face strong competition from Everton and even Stoke City. Though from a neutral point of view it wouldn’t make much sense for Bruma to opt for the latter, if guaranteed football is what he wants then he could be advised to steer well clear of Stamford Bridge.
The west London giants already have a surplus of talents in attacking positions, and the most likely scenario would be that Bruma would move to Chelsea only to see himself farmed out on loan until for the next few seasons.
Since grabbing the headlines at Sporting Lisbon in 2012 Bruma’s career has found itself developing at a slow pace. A surprise £8million move to Galatasaray saw him make the switch to Turkish football last summer, but he only managed seven domestic appearances for his club, and it would appear they’re looking to cash in on him whilst his potential remains high.