The Metro say that Mourinho has been tracking the progress of the 18-year-old for the past several months and had initially recommended him to his former club Real Madrid.
Bruma is a winger that has predictably been dubbed as the ‘next Cristiano Ronaldo’ and has previously been linked with both Manchester United and Manchester City. He’s been on fire during the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey, scoring five in the first three games.
The player recently gave a bog-standard response when asked about the interest shown in him and told Portuguese newspaper A Bola that he was flattered by the interest but is concentrating on Portugal for the Under-20 tournament.
“It’s always nice to hear and to know of the interest of big clubs but I’m not thinking about it. I have people working on these issues and for now my main concern is to help my team to get as far in the Under-20 World Cup.”
However, he’s in his last year of his current contract and the rumour is he’s holding off on signing an extension, so the club are willing to sell.
His brother Buomesca, who plays in a similar role, spent his formative years at Chelsea as a teenager but there were concerns over an injury and he ended up switching to our neighbours Fulham.
It wouldn’t be unusual for Mourinho to want to add some Portuguese talent to his squad and I’m sure there would be no complaints from Chelsea fans if we recruited a bright prospect like Bruma.
Unless you watch a lot of Portuguese football you probably haven’t seen him in action very often but Bruma has been a star in the Under-20 World Cup and you can watch him play against Ghana on July 3rd.