Manchester United & Chelsea face fight to sign Bernat

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Manchester United and Chelsea appear to have a European rival for the signing of Spanish full-back Juan Bernat.

According to reports in Spain cited by talkSPORT, Serie A giants Inter Milan - who currently sit fifth in Serie A with 47 points from 28 games - are keeping a very close eye on the player's current situation at Valencia.

21-year-old Bernat - a proud product of the club's own youth system - has made great strides for the La Liga outfit this season after being successfully converted from a winger into an impressive full-back.

He had made 21 appearances so far in 2013/14, registering on the scoresheet once and producing two further assists.

Such form has led to much transfer speculation concerning Bernat, with faltering Premier League champions Manchester United linked with him as well as current leaders Chelsea.

With his contract - which reportedly contains a release clause of £16.7 million - set to expire next summer and both clubs presumably on the lookout for a new left-back in the near future, Bernat would appear to represent an interesting proposition.

Manchester United and Chelsea can both lay claim to possessing two of the most consistent full-backs the Premier League has ever seen, of that there can surely be no real doubt.

However, with Patrice Evra looking likely to exit Old Trafford when his own deal runs out at the end of the season and doubts persisting over the Chelsea future of the benched Ashley Cole, it seems almost inevitable that both will require an upgrade during the next transfer window.

Any hopes of landing Bernat, though, look as if as if they could be challenged by an increasingly ambitious Inter Milan outfit who will no doubt be looking to mount a serious bid for domestic glory next season.

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