Much-heralded winger, Bruma has not had an easy time of it in Turkey. After debuting impressively for Sporting during the second half of the 2012-2013 season, Bruma made the move to Turkish giants Galatasaray at the beginning of last season. Since then, the winger has battled with injuries and falls from grace in the team, which have made his time at the club very unstable thus far. There was much hope for Bruma when experienced ex-Italy National Team boss Cesare Prandelli took the helm at Galatasaray at the beginning of the season, but that hope has not been realized as of yet. Continue reading
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Sporting to Galatasaray
After a summer of upheaval, Bruma has finally made the move away from the Estadio Jose Alvalade. Galatasaray had been interested for a while, and a 12 million euro move has finally gone ahead. Following his stellar displays for Portugal at this summer’s U-20 World Cup, Bruma had a predictably long list of suitors. Chelsea was heavily linked with a move for the defender, and then the craziness began. A story appeared that stated that Sporting supporters supposedly kidnapped Bruma. In response, Bruma and his father attempted to have his contract rescinded, and the case was brought to the Arbitration Committee, who ruled in favor of Sporting. This meant that Bruma still had a valid contract due to expire at the end of this season. There was talk that Bruma could remain at Sporting, and be assimilated into the first team, but interest abroad appears to have appealed to him more.
Valencia midfielder Manuel Fernandes has competed a medical ahead of his expected loan move to Turkish outfit Besiktas. I has become quite evident that Fernandes is not in the Valencia coach’s plans. Despite not receiving much playing time in Spain, Fernandes has played fairly regularly for the Portuguese National Team recently. After moves to Inter and Sporting Lisbon did not materialize, Fernandes is now looking to Turkey. Manuel Fernandes broke onto the scene at Portuguese side, Benfica, in the 2004-2005 season, when he cemented a starting place alongside Petit in the center of midfield. Soon after, in 2005, he made his full debut for the Portuguese National Team, aged just 19 years of old. In the same match, he also scored, which further raised his stock. After two relatively successful loan stints in the English Premier League, Fernandes transferred to Valencia, where he has enjoyed varying degrees of success. But now, Fernandes is finalizing a move that will see him join fellow Portuguese international Ricardo Quaresma, and if Turkish football has the same effect for Fernandes as it did for Quaresma, prepare to be amazed.