Yesterday we brought you news and a profile on the talented Portuguese youngster dubbed ‘the next Ronaldo’ by the media in Iberia.
Bruma is his name and after an excellent tournament with the Portuguese Under-20 side in Turkey he has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in the past couple of weeks.
His future was supposed to be decided by the weekend; with a meeting put in place for the player and his representatives to meet with members of the Sporting hierarchy on Friday and discuss the future of the teenager.
But the story has taken a couple of dramatic twists.
First of all the meeting; which Sporting cancelled at the last minute.
The clubs president Bruno de Carvalho was reportedly caught up with his busy schedule and therefore could not attend the rendezvous; so it was cancelled altogether.
With the future of one of the clubs most important players on the line you would have thought that they would have figured out a way to make the meeting go ahead; but instead they have incurred the wrath of the 18-year-old’s lawyer Bebiano Gomes.
‘’They called me in the morning asking for player's presence at the meeting. Bruma also told them that a lawyer has to deal with things and he would not go to the meeting. They told us then that the president would travel next week … I'll wait until next week for Sporting and see the president's position …Bruma will not be at the meeting for sure, but Sporting is within their rights to do what they understand, I just think they are playing with fire.’’
And to add extra spice to the apparent Chelsea interest in the highly talented winger his lawyer also stunned reporters in Portugal by revealing that Bruma was available on a free transfer this summer; before the meeting was cancelled.
It was previously believed he had a deal until 2014 but it seems that club and representative have conflicting views on the matter:
"The player is free at the end of this month. Regulation Statute Transfer of Players FIFA has a rule that says players under 18 cannot sign contracts longer than three years.’’
It appears that confusion surrounding the rules and regulations over signing a player under the age of 18 may have contributed to this apparent misunderstanding between the parties involved; however Gomes is in no doubt that Bruma can walk out for nothing at the end of July.
At the moment it is a confusing and fluctuating news story but there seems to be a possibility that Chelsea could snap up this talented individual for nothing at the end of this month.
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