Mourinho Looks To Sign Portuguese Starlet

Jose Mourinho is looking to continue the reshaping of his Chelsea squad with the pursuit of 18 year old Portuguese striker Bruma.

The ex Real Madrid boss will be forced to move quickly however as the striker will have only gained suitors on the back of his impressive performances at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, scoring five times to date in his country’s opening five games.

Bruma has one year left on his current contract with Sporting Lisbon and it is believed he is willing to wait for a move, with not only Chelsea but both Manchester sides also rumored to be interested in the lively star who has been touted as the new Ronaldo.

With Sporting willing to let the player leave as opposed to letting his contract run out, it is known Mourinho has been monitoring the player this season gone, when still in charge of Real Madrid.

When pushed on the potential move, Bruma was reluctant to give much away, “It’s always nice to hear and to know of the interest of big clubs but I’m not thinking about it. I have people working on these issues and for now my main concern is to help my team get as far [as possible] in the Under-20 World Cup”

Bruma, however, does already have a link with the London Club.  His Brother Mesca, also an attacking player of note, was a youth player at Chelsea before moving to Fulham two years ago.  Having family already settled in London could well play a big part in the players choice of destination

Bruma sacked his agent in early June – Pini Zahavi – as it was believed at the time he was willing to commit himself to the side.  However Sporting President Bruno De Carvalho is not in a position to be able to meet the player’s wage demands.

Bruma would add youth and dexterity to Chelsea’s attack if he were to move to Stamford Bridge.  With Mourinho looking to overhaul the current set up and with few players guaranteed of their future, the inclusion of the current Sporting player would be an indication of the way forward.

However Bruma is still in a position to impress further.  With interest mounting, there will be many taking note of  his performance this Wednesday in the last 16 game against Ghana.

The fact that he will be leaving Lisbon is a given.  What the next 6 weeks will determine is which top side is willing to pry him from Lisbon at the right price.  And Mourinho will surely believe that he and Chelsea, will be the ones to do that.

Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.