Chelsea transfer target Bruma victim of an alleged kidnapping attempt
A Sporting Lisbon supporters group tried to kidnap the winger on Wednesday night according to his agent
Thursday 11 July 2013
Chelsea target Bruma is reported in Portugal to have been at the centre of a kidnapping attempt a day after it was publicised that he had begged current club Sporting Lisbon to let him move to the Blues.
The winger’s agent today told Portuguese press that the 18-year-old had been the subject of an attempted kidnap last night by a Sporting supporters group.
Bruma is now determined to terminate his contact with the club, but the matter will be passed on to Fifa for them to adjudicate on in a case that could last for a couple of months.
Bruma's agent Catio Balde is quoted as telling Antena 1: "We have pressed charges. This is a very serious and unpleasant matter, and it led to this decision."
The Portuguese youngster put in a string of eye-catching performances last season, and backed them up when he stood out for Potrugal at the recent Under-20’s World Cup.
Interest in Bruma could now rocket, with Manchester United and Porto reported to be monitoring the situation, but Balde said that bids had been made from Chelsea and Galatasaray.
Chelsea’s offer is believed to be around €2 million, but the bid from the Turkish club is said to be significantly larger.
Balde said: "I was in charge of presenting offers to Sporting. There are offers from foreign clubs, from Chelsea and from Galatasaray, worth €8million that could reach €12million."
He also spoke on whether Bruma would be terminating his current contract.
"From this moment on, considering that he is a highly-coveted player, it is possible that more offers will arrive, because I know that several clubs were waiting for the best moment to make a move,” he added.
And when asked whether he would exit the club in the near future, Balde admitted: "Right now, Bruma's mind is not on Sporting."
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