Atletico Madrid targeting Sunderland-linked Bruma, boss wants Galatasaray stay

Galatasaray boss Hamza Hamzaoglu wants Bruma to stay in Turkey, despite new interest from Atletico Madrid.

The Portuguese winger signed for Galatasaray at the start of last season, but he made just seven appearances in his first campaign with the Turkish side.

His fortunes have improved this term, with six appearances registered to his name already, but his lack of game time has seen the 20-year-old - formerly likened to Cristiano Ronaldo - linked with a host of clubs. Bruma’s former club Sporting CP have been linked with his signature, as well as Premier League side Sunderland, but the new club in for the youngster are reportedly Atletico Madrid.

As quoted by Renascenca, Turkish newspaper AMK are reporting the La Liga champions sent scouts to watch the winger in the last couple of weeks, but new head coach Hamza Hamzaoglu is keen on seeing him stay with Galatasaray. Having been cast out of the first-team fold by Cesare Prandelli, the youngster has experienced something of a renaissence in the starting XI since Hamzaoglu’s appointment, and he was quoted in the same article as believing Bruma will become one of Galatasaray’s greatest ever players.

“I want Bruma to stay. He will be one of the great players of Galatasaray,” the coach said.

The links with Atletico will surely excite the player, and their European involvement will limit any potential desire to move to Wearside. Whilst Sporting can offer Bruma the comforts of his early career, the Spanish side must surely enter the race as favourites, and it seems that the Black Cats will have to have luck on their side if they intend to complete any deal.

Securing Bruma’s signature would be a remarkable coup for the Premier League side, and Gus Poyet will need to move fast to steal the highly regarded prospect from under their competitor’s noses.

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