Portuguese supertalent Bruma is reportedly available on the transfer market this summer, and he could prove to be the ultimate value signing Chelsea could make ahead of the 2014-15 season.
As reported by Turkish newspaper Bugun (via the Express' Alex Harris), Galatasaray are open to the idea of selling the 19-year-old winger many are already comparing to compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo. Club president Unal Aysal told Bugun the youngster could be available for the right price:
"We are not interested in loaning Bruma, we may consider a permanent transfer if the price is right."
Bruma's 2013-14 season with Galatasaray was cut short due to injury, but when he was on the pitch, his vast potential was obvious.
He's an incredibly gifted athlete, combining great pace and quickness with exceptional agility. Technically, he is sound, and despite his small frame, the power and balance he displays on the ball is phenomenal.
This is where the comparisons with Ronaldo come from: While he's not as gifted a scorer as the Real Madrid star, he has a very similar build and playing style and the same athletic gifts Ronaldo had when he was in his late teens.
Sporting were forced into a sale because of their dire financial status last season, and Galatasaray are looking to change things up following a season in the Turkish league that ultimately ended in disappointment.
Bruma isn't an immediate impact player at the highest level—he's too raw for that. He could be a solid contributor off the bench and an excellent squad player for cup matches, but don't expect him to push the likes of Oscar or Eden Hazard for a spot in the starting XI next season.
Any transfer move for Bruma is all about potential for the future and his long-term development. The Blues have made plenty of similar signings in the past few seasons, but Bruma could prove to be their best yet.
In terms of growth, Bruma needs to focus on two things: upper-body strength and finishing.
Bruma's balance and leg strength allow him to often ride out challenges from defenders, and once he gets up to speed (which is pretty quick), he's almost impossible to stop. A lack of bulk, however, means bigger, more experienced defenders will be able to push him off the ball before he has the chance to start running.
His finishing in front of goal also isn't up to standards. Bruma's eye for teammates is noteworthy, and he has a knack for setting up the players around him with great looks. A true star winger is able to convert his own chances, however, and that's an area in which Bruma struggles.
Per WhoScored, he scored just a single goal in 15 appearances last season, and that simply won't cut it.
Acquiring Bruma now would allow Chelsea to oversee the rest of his development, and with Everton reportedly also interested in the winger's services, per Harris, the Blues could decide to send him on loan to the Toffees, like they did with Romelu Lukaku last season.
Bruma needs playing time, and by playing in the more physical Premier League, he will have a chance to work on at least one of his weaknesses—his upper-body strength.
Looking at his immense potential, this is a deal Chelsea simply cannot afford to pass up. You don't often get the chance to sign a future superstar on the cheap, and while there have been plenty of talented youngsters who failed to live up to their expectations, Bruma's pure physical skills and football IQ make him as safe a bet as the Blues will find.