Sporting Lisbon’s youth system is considered one of the best in Europe and considering they have produced such talents as Luis Figo, Joao Moutinho and Cristiano Ronaldo in the past the results of this youth system are palpable.
Now there are high hopes surrounding the latest promising recruit from their academy; 18-year-old winger Bruma.
Full name Armindo Tue Na Bangna ‘Bruma’ is originally from Guinea-Bissau but moved to Portugal as a child and has since gone on to become one of the country’s most promising young talents.
Dubbed by many as the ‘next Cristiano Ronaldo’ the teenager came to the fore at this summer’s World Under-20 Championships in Turkey.
Bruma netted five times in four games at the competition which currently makes him the tournaments joint top-scorer with Jese Rodriguez of Spain.
However he failed to produce his best performance against Ghana in the round of 16; as Portugal let a 2-1 lead with ten minutes left slip to tumble out of the competition 3-2 to the Young Black Stars.
So now, with Bruma back in Portugal, attention can turn to his future with the Lisbon club. His performances in Turkey obviously attracted attention with Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea the keenest.
His older brother Buomesca is currently at Fulham and the 19-year-old is a former prodigy at Chelsea so Bruma would not be alone in South-West London should he decide to make the move this summer.
Chelsea are rumoured to be preparing an £8 million bid for the ‘wonderkid’ and now it has become apparent a decision on his future could be made by the weekend.
A Bola report that Bruma is set for a meeting on Friday (5/7/2013) to discuss his future at the club amid speculation over his future.
He spoke of the talks and Chelsea interest stating:
"I will talk with my lawyer when I arrive in Lisbon to see what he has to tell me. I am calm. I want to keep working and growing as a player. It is always good to know that a club like Chelsea is interested in me.’’
Sporting will be reluctant to lose the player but it is a Catch-22 situation. The club are stumped for cash so need to complete a few sales this summer but on the other hand they will be relying on their promising youngsters next campaign to pull them through in the aftermath of big name departures such as the already departed Ricky van Wolfswinkel and the likely exits of Stijn Schaars and Rui Patricio.
We will know more by the weekend on this subject but all the factors are there for a successful transfer.
And we will not have to wait long to discover whether the ‘next Ronaldo’ could be on his way to Chelsea this summer.