Spurs face a fight though with Dortmund to win player’s signature.
Tottenham Hotspur plan on running the rule over coveted Atletico Mineiro midfield player Bernard at the upcoming Confederations Cup in Brazil before making a decision on whether to buy the youngster or not, says the Daily Mirror.
The Brazil international is currently the subject of intense speculation linking the 20-year-old with a possible big-money move to Europe when the summer transfer window finally reopens for business once again on July 1 after an impressive season for his club.
Bernard has featured in 20 matches in all competitions for Atletico Mineiro to date this campaign, scoring five goals in the process, including two in 11 league appearances, although the north Londion club know that they face a fight for the player’s services from Uefa Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund, who are also said to be keen on signing the attacking midfield player.
Tottenham, however, plan to watch Bernard in action first hand at the Confederations Cup, which gets under way this weekend, before deciding whether to launch a bid for the £15 million-rated star.
Former AS Monaco director of football and current Guardian columnist Tor-Kristian Karlsen spoke highly of Bernard, praising him on Twitter:
Great news for the Premier League if indeed Spurs are on the trail of Bernard (Atletico-MG), wonderful prospect
— Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) June 13, 2013