Stamford Bridge and Eastlands giants set to battle it out for the latest Portuguese sensation.
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Manchester City and Chelsea are trying to persuade 15-year-old Portuguese sensation Bruma to snub Sporting Lisbon and move to England.
The winger – inevitably likened to Cristiano Ronaldo – cannot sign a professional contract until he turns 16 on Sunday.
Sporting expect him to stay on after bringing him through the ranks and would put a £17.6million release clause on the contract despite his young age.
However, City and Chelsea representatives are working hard to turn his head.
Bruma – full name Armindo Gangna – is tipped to be the next big thing after Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani’s emergence from Sporting.
He impressed playing alongside professionals more than three years his senior earlier this month, scoring twice in three Portugal Under 19 internationals.
City are said to be offering the teenager £220,000 just as a signing bonus, while a home, cars and work for his family would also be made available.
Tottenham were linked with Bruma in the summer, when Roman Pavlyuchenko was tipped to move in the opposite direction, but the Russia striker was not keen on the move. (Daily Mail)
If this report is to be believed, England’s two richest club are ready to do battle for Sporting Lisbon’s latest prospect, Bruma.
If the reported interest is true, Chelsea may be unwilling to compete with Manchester City’s outrageous offer for a relatively unproven talent. Roman Abramovich has cerainly been more reserved with his fortune in recent years, and City’s offer to pay for Bruma’s family to move to England seems a little too persuasive.
Sporting Lisbon’s academy is famous for producing great footballing talent, and Bruma is said to be the next big thing. At 15 years old, maybe the right thing for him to do would be to stay at the club for just a few more years. But will the big money offers be too good to turn down?