Chelsea have reportedly been interested in Sporting Lisbon’s Bruma for some time, with a dispute between the 18-year-old and his club possibly leading to a free transfer this summer.
We ran a story last night detailing the latest twist in the tale, which will see the player – dubbed “the next Ronaldo” – have his future decided by an independent panel that deals with disputes between footballers and their clubs.
Should the committee rule in favour of Bruma, Chelsea could sign a potential superstar for nothing.
From future legends to former greats, with news that Jose Mourinho is keen to bring Didier Drogba back to Stamford Bridge.
The Ivory Coast striker met with the Chelsea boss last week, and while the nature of their discussions is unknown, it is being reported that Mourinho would like Drogba back at the club in time for next season.
If his current club Galatasaray are not forthcoming, he may return when his contract expires next summer. By that time he will be 36, so it may be more in a coaching role than a playing one…but stranger things have happened.
Like the Blues signing Wayne Rooney, which is a story that won’t go away.
Despite David Moyes and Ed Woodward both dismissing reports of the 27-year-old’s imminent departure, stories this morning claim it is a saga that could run all summer.
Speaking in Thailand, Executive vice-chairman Woodward said, “I’m not surprised clubs like Chelsea and Arsenal want Wayne – he’s a top player. He’s not for sale and we won’t be selling him.”
As emphatic as that sounds, Chelsea are still being referred to as the favourites for his signature – possibly as late as the last few days of the transfer window.
And finally Victor Moses is a loan target for new Everton boss Roberto Martinez.
The Nigerian international worked under the Spaniard at Wigan, and any temporary move is dependent on how important Mourinho sees him to the coming Blues’ campaign.
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