No stranger to the Premier League’s rumour columns, Bruma was linked with a move to the top flight ahead of summer 2013 after emerging from the youth ranks at Sporting Lisbon but eventually sealed a switch to Galatasaray instead.
It’s taken the Portugal U-21 ace a little time to settle in Turkey – he’s spent portions of the last three campaigns out on loan – but he’s been in fantastic form this season, bagging two goals and three assists in six Super Lig outings to earn three Man of the Match awards from Whoscored.com.
Also averaging a frankly outrageous 5.2 successful dribbles per match, which is more than Eden Hazard, Neymar, Sadio Mane and even Lionel Messi, the 21-year-old is rapidly emerging as one of Europe’s most exciting young players.
According to Squawka, Tottenham Hotspur scouts have been present for all six of Bruma’s league outings this season, suggesting the Lilywhites are by far the most interested party. It’s further added that the prodigious winger fits into their transfer model of signing ‘young and talented’ rather than proven players.
However, north London rivals Arsenal are billed as Spurs’ likeliest competitors in regards to the January transfer window, with manager Arsene Wenger reportedly keen to find a ‘natural winger’ to increase the variety of his options in the final third.
Meanwhile, it’s claimed Chelsea and Manchester United are also ‘monitoring the situation’ – suggesting they might be letting others set the benchmark in the race to sign Bruma so they can choose to jump in or opt out at a later date.
Squawka‘s article centres around the notion of a January transfer and their £20million valuation of Bruma is certainly within the financial reach of all four Premier League clubs – even mid-season.
Furthermore, the Portuguese’s contract expires in 2018, meaning his value could rapidly depreciate in the second half of the season as the deal encroaches upon its final year – just six months away from the point foreign clubs can sign him on a pre-contract.
With that in mind, and Bruma being reluctant to pen fresh terms, it makes sense for Galatasaray to cash in during the January window rather than run the risk of losing him on a free transfer.
But it must always be remembered that winter window transfers are rarely straightforward, with one club often feeling they’re on the receiving end of an unfair deal. They’re becoming notably less frequent amongst the Premier League’s top clubs and considering Bruma is still a prospect, Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea and United surely wouldn’t mind waiting an extra year to sign him for a small compensation fee.
Here’s a quick look at Bruma in action: