Tottenham & Chelsea target for sale in July


Atletico Mineiro youngster Bernard says he will not contemplate a move away from Brazil before the end of the Copa Libertadores.

The 20-year-old is touted as one of the most promising talents in South America, and has three caps for Brazil already.

Chelsea and Tottenham have been linked with a move for the attacking midfielder, as have German giants Borussia Dortmund.

Miniero play in the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores in July, with the final being played later that month.

Bernard says that while he still has a chance of leading Miniero to glory, there is no chance he'll even contemplate leaving Brazil for the chance to join the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham or Dortmund.

"There is no chance I will leave before the Libertadores," he told Globo Esporte.

"I have made that clear to Atletico. If they want to sell me, do so after the Libertadores. I want to make history at this club.

"There is nothing right now, just speculation.

He did confirm however that it is likely he will leave South America sooner rather than later.

"The club's president has said I am unlikely to stay, that it will be hard to keep me, so I am waiting on a decision.

"If he decides something, we will sit down and talk and decide what is best for everyone."

 Atletico president Alexandre Kalili remained tightlipped when quizzed about the prospect of selling Bernard, telling Superesportes: "I won't talk about this. I will only talk when he is sold."

Tottenham appear keen on signing a creative midfielder along with a striker during the summer window having been linked with the likes of Roma's Miralem Pjanic and Ajax's Christian Eriksen.

Chelsea meanwhile have been linked with a series of players since the arrival of Jose Mourinho.

While the Special One's plans for remodelling his squad at Stamford Bridge remain unclear, it appears as though he will try to bring in a striker with Edinson Cavani said to be in his sights.


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