Chelsea in £8m battle with Manchester City for ‘new Ronaldo’

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Chelsea face competition from Manchester City in the race to bring ‘the new Cristiano Ronaldo’ to the Premier League.

Reports in The Sunday Times early on Sunday claimed Jose Mourinho had asked the Blues to fund a bid for the player, having courted the 18-year-old during his time in charge of Real Madrid.

However, subsequent speculation in The Daily Mail claims Manchester City continue to pursue the teenager, with Sporting Lisbon wanting £8million plus add-ons for the Portugal U20 international.

Bruma’s contract expires next summer though, and interested parties are sensing an opportunity to negotiate a better deal for one of Europe’s hottest properties. Indeed, his style of play has led to comparisons with Ronaldo.

Chelsea have gained a reputation for bringing some of the best young players to Stamford Bridge, with Eden Hazard, Oscar and Romelu Lukaku three high-profile examples. 

Bruma would be another name to add to that list, and could be the jewel in the crown in west London if he manages to emulate Ronaldo.

Chelsea will hope the arrival of ‘the special one’ gives them an edge over their rivals, with the Portuguese connection difficult to overlook.

Manchester City do have vast wealth to throw at the youngster however, and can also point to a more recent Premier League title victory.

It all suggests that a major transfer battle could ensue between Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini later this summer.

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