The transfer saga relating to Sporting Lisbon winger Bruma carries on in the most bizarre and frightening terms.
The transfer race for talented Portuguese winger Bruma has already been a strange affair. The little brother of Buomesca Tue Na Bangna, himself a flying winger at Fulham, has been linked strongly with a move to Chelsea in recent weeks.
And it has caused all sorts of different stories to emerge in the Portuguese press.
First it all looked harmonious. The 18-year-old was to return from the FIFA World Under-20 Championships, where he had shone for Portugal, and sit down with the Sporting board and discuss a deal.
But Bruma himself said he would not attend, instead sending his lawyer. When Sporting then decided to cancel the meeting altogether … well that is when the proverbial excretion started hitting the fan.
His lawyer claimed he could leave the club for nothing anyway. While Sporting would have hoped to cash in on the player he revealed that a loop-hole meant he could up and walk whenever he wanted this summer on a free transfer.
Then came the interest from Porto; which through the cat amongst the pigeons.
But on Wednesday night it all took a rather more sinister and frightening turn; as his camp now assert he was the subject of a KIDNAP attempt by a Sporting Lisbon supporters group; allegations they are taking very seriously:
We have pressed charges. This is a very serious and unpleasant matter, and it led to this decision."
Now it seems the player dubbed ‘the next Ronaldo’ is on his way from Sporting this summer after this latest moment of madness in his transfer saga.
But while things in this deal are hardly translucent what has been cleared up after this harrowing experience is this contract situation - and he is not available on a free transfer:
"I was in charge or presenting offers to Sporting. There are offers from foreign clubs, from Chelsea and from Galatasaray, worth €8million that could reach €12million. From this moment on, considering that he is a highly-coveted player, it is possible that more offers will arrive, because I know that several clubs were waiting for the best moment to make a move. Right now, Bruma's mind is not on Sporting."
So it looks as though it will cost a fair amount to pry him away from the club, however there is hope. Due to the kidnap attempt Bruma and his camp are reportedly considering approaching FIFA about rewarding him the opportunity to cancel his deal with the Lisbon club.
But that process would take months and he is likely to be snapped up by a team willing to pay the transfer fee before that time.
So as this mad transfer saga rumbles on - the likelihood is Chelsea will have to pay for the man if they want him right now. If not … they can wait and see what happens as a result of this mad-cap scheme to kidnap the player.
Now I wonder if I could rustle up enough Evertonian’s to grab Leighton Baines.
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