Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Blues Must Avoid Bruma Until Wayne Rooney Saga Ends
Chelsea already parted ways with one "Bruma" this offseason, but it appears they might be in the hunt for another before the transfer window closes.
If Mourinho still thinks the talented winger can help his club recapture the English Premier League title next season and the funds are there after the Rooney saga ends, then the Blues should be in full pursuit.
The Blues finalized the departure of Jeffrey Bruma to PSV Eindhoven earlier in the week, ending the Dutchman's time at Stamford Bridge. According to the club's official website, Bruma will rejoin former Blue Boudewijn Zenden with PSV Eindhoven as he starts the next chapter of his club career.
While that departure leaves the Blues without a Bruma on the roster, there has been speculation throughout the transfer window that Jose Mourinho is interested in bringing Portuguese youngster Armindo Tue Na Bangna to Stamford Bridge.
The 18-year-old starred for his country at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup earlier this summer, and in football circles, he's known simply as Bruma.
There have been conflicting reports about whether or not a club would have to pay a transfer fee to Sporting Lisbon, Bruma's current club, but Bebiano Gomes (his lawyer) has maintained that the contract has been cancelled and his client is available on a free transfer.
As reported by ESPN UK on July 13, Bruma reportedly has no interest in rejoining Sporting for the next phase of his career and will seek employment elsewhere. He is talking to clubs and accepting offers on a free-transfer basis, which opens up possibilities for a move to any number of clubs.
According to the ESPN UK report, Chelsea and Galatasaray had already lodged offers for the talented youngster prior to his official interest in leaving Sporting Lisbon.
Chelsea, Marseille, Schalke and Galatasaray have all been mentioned as possible landing spots, but it's the Turkish club that made news in connection to Bruma on Wednesday.
As noted in reports from both Turkish-Football.com and Portuguese newspaper A Bola (article in Portuguese), Bruma's agent, Catio Balde, is claiming that his client has an offer of €12 million over five years on the table.
Speaking to Portuguese radio station Antena 1, Balde did not reveal which club has offered the largest sum to date for the teenage forward. He did say that Galatasaray has offered Bruma €1.5 million per season to join the Turkish outfit.
Bruma had a standout tournament for Portugal in Turkey at the U-20 World Cup. He scored five goals, had two assists and won the Silver Shoe as the tournament's second-leading scorer.
In doing so, Bruma made himself a hot transfer candidate with the potential to one day be an international star. Chelsea (and others) noticed and have been linked to the 18-year-old as he decides where he wants to continue the next phase of his club career.
While the Blues could very well be the club that posted the large bid for the Portuguese starlet, they should not feel pressure from Balde or Bruma in the event that they did not.
Mourinho has been active in the transfer window in upgrading his roster, adding Cristian Cuevas, Mark Schwarzer, Marco van Ginkel and Andre Schurrle since returning to Stamford Bridge from his post at Real Madrid.
With Rooney still a possibility to be the fifth and biggest signing Mourinho pulls off this summer, the Blues should be in no rush to throw money at Bruma while his agent hypes the fact that offers have been coming in.
The latest on rumours surrounding Rooney make it seem like a transfer is in his immediate future. We've been saying that for quite some time, but United are running out of time if they want to dump Rooney elsewhere and avoid the threat of a distraction as the David Moyes era begins.
According to Neil Ashton of Daily Mail, Rooney still considers the Blues his first-choice club in the event that United backs off of their firm no-sell stance. In the event a Chelsea transfer falls through, Rooney will reportedly turn his attention toward Arsenal.
David Woods of the Daily Star reported on Wednesday that Rooney might have one foot out the door, but United have requested that Chelsea put their next bid on hold until they land a marquee player to take the 27-year-old Englishman's place.
Per Woods' report, that player is Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas. If the Red Devils can convince the La Liga giants to sell Fabregas, they will reportedly move toward allowing Rooney to seek his long-awaited transfer and join Mourinho's outfit next season.
All that being said, there's a lot of uncertainty with Chelsea's current situation. The Blues might have to up their previous bid of £20 million closer to £30 million to finally break United's grip on Rooney, and that kind of money doesn't grow on trees.
The Blues won't be hurting financially if United asks the club to increase its bid for Rooney, but spending money on Bruma at this point before the Rooney situation is settled seems like a stretch if Chelsea is truly "all-in" on signing the English striker.
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As reported by Goal.com's Gill Clark, Mourinho answered "yes" to a question that was posed about Chelsea's current transfer intentions being "Rooney or bust." Speaking in Bangkok on July 17, Mourinho basically confirmed that the Blues were waiting for the Rooney domino to fall before making any other move.
Not even Bruma will keep Chelsea from seeing what happens with Rooney over the next few weeks. If that means they risk losing him to Galatasaray or another club entirely, then so be it.
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