Tottenham keeping tabs on Atletico Mineiro ace

Atletico Mineiro attacking-midfielder Bernard

Tottenham are interested in signing Brazilian youngster Bernard, according to the Daily Mail.

Borussia Dortmund are also scouting the 20-year-old, who has been capped twice by Brazil. The Atletico Mineiro midfielder attracted the attention of Spartak Moscow in December, who had a £9.8million bid rejected.

Bernard is one of the most talented youngsters in South America, and Dortmund have eyed him up as a potential replacement for the outgoing Mario Gotze, who will join rivals Bayern Munich.

But Spurs are also considering bidding the Brazilian, as they look to strengthen their attacking options this summer. After long-term target Joao Moutinho joined Monaco this summer, Andre Villas-Boas looks to have turned his attention to Bernard.

However, without Champions League football to offer, Spurs will have to considerably outbid the German club in order to secure Bernard’s services this transfer window, with Atletico Mineiro expected to ask for £15million for the Brazilian.

Andre Villas-Boas will be hoping they can secure Bernard’s signature early, so that the Brazilian can play in the Barclays Asia Trophy, which will see Spurs play South China FC, Sunderland and Manchester City.

The tournament will take place in Hong Kong between 24-27 July. Spurs won the trophy in their last appearance in the tournament, back in 2009.

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