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Reports from Portugal suggest Chelsea have bid for Bruma

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We may have missed one massive target, but by the looks of it, aren't about to let rivals edge past us for the others.

Shaun Botterill

Portuguese source O Jogo has today brought news of activity on the Bruma transfer front. Apparently, a bid has come in, and it is Chelsea who've lodged it.

Word of said bid appeared in today's edition of the paper, which went on to assert an offer of €9.3M was submitted by Chelsea to Lisbon. The report, if true, would catapult us to the very front of the queue of illustrious suitors interested in adding the Portugal U20 to their sides, one which got only longer after Porto were recently reported to have joined the race for his signature.

Liverpool, who were weeks ago, believed to be close to securing a deal, have been pushed back in typical fashion after their negotiations for Tiago Ilori hit a roadblock, making the likelihood of a previously expected double swoop even slimmer.

From the player's side, it's probably fair to say he's now leaning a lot more toward leaving, and as such even answering questions about the recent speculation after returning from the U20 World Cup.

"Chelsea? It is always good, but we'll see. Now I go home to bed and think about many things. My lawyer is also already here and let's hope.."

As stated, if proven valid, there's a couple of things worth noting about this occurrence. On one hand, the urgency displayed by Chelsea here is a bit of a positive market tactic, seeing as how easily a player's price could swell if the club were to delay their involvement only to find a bidding war erupting shortly.

On the other hand, for a club that stopped a handful million euros short of paying up for their top summer target, it'd make very little sense to offer sums like the above quoted for a player who could be possibly be available for free in a matter of 20 days.

Since wages and, to some extent, the final fee are going to be a bit of a non-issue here, if a move happens, it could easily come down to which club can succeed in wooing the youngster the quickest. Which should be a cakewalk for a club with a certain Portuguese phone-call-courtship extraordinaire.