The majority of football transfers are fairly simple affairs, while a few take months of negotiations and counter-offers.
And then there are transfers like Bruma’s proposed one from Sporting Lisbon to Chelsea.
The Blues aren’t the only club interested in the player. But reports on Friday confirmed that they, along with Galatasaray, had made an €8million offer for the 18-year-old, at least according to the player’s agent.
That man is Catio Balde, and he is just one of Bruma’s representatives who has spoken in recent days.
The other is the player’s lawyer, Bebiano Gomes, who said Sporting were “playing with fire” when it came to his client.
That followed the cancelation of a meeting to discuss the player’s future – a meeting that it appears will not be rescheduled following reports Bruma’s fate will be decided by a Joint Arbitration Committee.
Portuguese newspaper A Bola is claiming the action has been taken due to the difference of opinion between Bruma’s representatives and his current employers over the length and legality of his contract.
Sporting believe they have the player for another year. While Bruma’s lawyer has previously claimed the player is out of contract and available on a free transfer this summer.
Confused yet? You should be.
But with the committee set to make a decision within 40 days, Bruma’s future will soon – finally – be clear.
Gomes has appealed for the annulment of whatever Sporting feel they have on the player by citing FIFA’s regulation that players under 18 cannot sign contracts longer than three years.
For their part, Sporting have mentioned a compensation package pushing €30million.
But here is the deal in its simplest form – if the committee find in favour of the player, he could be available for nothing. But if they find in favour of the club, it may take a lot more than €8million to secure his services.
Bruma is quite the player. Unfortunately for Chelsea and other interested parties, he is also in a somewhat befuddling situation.
But one that is set to become significantly clearer within the next 40 days.
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