Last week we heard that Jeffrey Bruma had begun preliminary discussions with Eredivisie side PSV over a move that would see him return to the Netherlands, and today we have some remarks from the young Dutchman that make his intention to return to his homeland clear. Here is Bruma, via Voetbal International:
"Yes, I would like to join PSV. This week we opened negotiations. PSV is currently talking to Chelsea, then it's my turn"
Bruma joined the Blues from Feyenoord in 2007, and cost Chelsea about £100,000 to acquire. He made several first team appearances under Carlo Ancelotti and then had a very successful loan spell with Leicester City in 2011.
He spent the past two season at HSV in the Bundesliga, and while he's not been poor by any means, his development has certainly stalled. He's quickly reaching the point where he's no longer looking like a top-caliber center back prospect, and it's probably a good decision to move to a league in which he'd see considerably more minutes.
Most outlets are reporting that the price for the Dutch side to acquire Bruma would be in the neighborhood of £3-4 million. That seems quite reasonable for a 21-year old that's already been capped for his country, even if he's a bit less highly touted than he was just two years ago.
I'd prefer to see the Blues take a bit less for Bruma now, in order to work some sort of add-ons or a buyback into the deal with PSV. He's still got loads of potential, and he's not exactly reached the age where it's unlikely he'd continue to get better.