Liverpool have joined the race to sign Brazilian sensation Bernard, according to reports.
The Daily Telegraph claims Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has approached Atletico Mineiro over the 20-year-old, who has a £20million minimum fee release clause in his contract.
However, the Anfield outfit aren’t the only Premier League club eager to bring the five-cap international to England, with both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur interested in the winger.
Reports yesterday claimed Arsene Wenger has set his sights on the speedster as a player who could kick-start the Gunners’ summer spending.
Arsenal have been linked with a number of players – including Gonzalo Higuain – but have only added unknown Yaya Sanogo at this stage.
Andre Villas-Boas, meanwhile, has already added a Brazilian to his Spurs ranks, with Paulinho moving to White Hart Lane for £17million from Corinthians.
Bernard, who has been linked with the club, would also give the Tottenham Hotspur boss more options out wide, providing competition for Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale.
Liverpool will hope they can beat their Premier League rivals however, and continue Rodgers’ tradition of bringing talented young players to Merseyside.
Philippe Coutinho emerged as a samba star in the final stages of last season, whilst Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Andre Wisdom have all shown first team credentials.
Bernard would add plenty to the senior ranks at Liverpool, as the club look to become legitimate top four challengers.