Arsenal and Tottenham are expected to submit offers for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Bernard this summer. The 21-year-old Brazil international, who is valued at £30 million, has revealed that his representatives will work on resolving his future while he competes at the World Cup finals.
Both the Gunners and Spurs, therefore, will need to wait until after this summer's showpiece international tournament reaches its conclusion before Bernard decides his next move. But the Express insist bids are likely to come from the north London duo.
"I made it clear since I arrived [to join the national team] that I won't comment about the possibility of a transfer as I am focused on the World Cup," the diminutive attack-minded winger, who joined Shakhtar from Atletico Mineiro last summer, told reporters.
"I leave my off the field situation to be handled by those who have the right to do so without me.
"I don't know [what will happen] after the World Cup, I have people to handle the off the field things."
Bernard rose to prominence with Atletico Mineiro, winning the Copa Libertadores title - the South American equivalent of the Champions League - alongside Ronaldinho and Jo in 2013. Shakhtar subsequently paid £22 million for his services, but the Brazilian has failed to replicate his best form in Ukraine. In 27 appearances with the club, he has scored just three goals.
Last month he revealed his desire to leave Shakhtar, stating his wish to play more minutes with his next club. Whether Arsenal or Tottenham can fulfil the Brazilian's wish is unclear - although an impressive showing with the Brazil national team at the World Cup will inevitably increase interest from Europe's top clubs.