Arsenal & Tottenham to scout European ‘dribbling’ king in Istanbul derby

The Galatasaray v Basaksehir used to be one of the most insignificant derbies in the league. Istanbul minnows Basaksehir were a council team not too long ago operating on a shoestring budget but they are currently league leaders.

Basaksehir have been improving year on year under Abdullah Avci and the derby on Friday evening will be of heightened importance considering they are unbeaten in the league and in first position.

Galatasaray meanwhile are in third place and will move onto equal points with Basaksehir should they beat their Istanbul cousins.

The Lions will be hoping Bruma continues to fire on all cylinders as he has contributed to seven goals in his last eight games – four goals and three assists.

Bruma’s impressive form has attracted interest from across Europa. A source close to the player revealed to that Arsenal and Tottenham have been scouting the 21-year-old and that they will be keeping tabs on him during the derby.

The Portuguese international has made more successful dribbles that any other player in the top five European leagues – Bundesliga, La Liga, Premier League, Serie A and Ligue 1 – this season according to Opta.

Whoscored has Bruma as averaging 5.9 dribbles per-game – over a nine match span.