Chelsea in Euro battle over £25m ‘next Ronaldo’

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Chelsea face a transfer battle with some of the biggest clubs in Europe in the race to sign Portuguese starlet Bruma.

The player’s lawyer claims Real Madrid, PSV Eindhoven and Galatasaray are all keen on the 18-year-old winger, who has been dubbed ‘the next Cristiano Ronaldo’ in his homeland.

Bruma is in the middle of a dispute with current club Sporting Lisbon, believing his contract expired at the end of June and that he is now a free agent.

The club believe it runs until next summer however, and a hearing at Portugal's Sporting Arbitration Committee is set to take place before the close of the transfer window.

Whatever the outcome, Bebiano Gomes is happy to admit that his future is up in the air, and that his client could be playing in a country outside of Portugal next season.

"I have always said out of respect for Sporting that regardless of the decision of the Sporting Arbitration Committee, they will be in the same situation as the other clubs competing to sign the player,” the lawyer told RTP.

"To date neither Benfica or Porto have shown any intention of signing the player. I have only received expressions of interest from Real Madrid, PSV Eindhoven and Galatasaray.

"I admit at this point he could go abroad or continue playing in Portugal. As a free agent we will analyse all proposals."

Chelsea have been linked with an £8million move for the player, according to The Daily Express, but now appear to be behind in the race for the youngster.

However, the paper claims the Blues will be well positioned if Bruma loses the case, leaving the talented teenager available at the £25million price set in his buy-out clause in Lisbon.

Jose Mourinho could also have a role to play in bringing his compatriot to Stamford Bridge ahead of other possible destinations.

Were Chelsea able to bring Bruma to Stamford Bridge, he’d join a host of talented youngsters in west London, with Oscar, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku just three stars of the future currently working under ‘the special one’.

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