Atletico Mineiro President sets price for midfielder Bernard

Michael Regan

Speaking to the Portuguese press over the weekend Atletico Mineiro President Alexandre Kalil said that Bernard won't be leaving for less than €25 million.

Speaking to the press on Sunday, Atletico Mineiro President Alexandre Kalil, aknowledged that midfielder Bernard could leave the Brazilian club this summer, but only if his valuation is met. The 20 year-old attacker has attracted interest from Borussia Dortmund and some clubs in England, believed to be Tottenham Hotspur, this summer, but as yet a satisfactory bid has not been received.

Kalil told Portuguese news agency A Bola:

"O Bernard só sai daqui por 25 milhões de euros. Tenho ótimas relações com o FC Porto e o Antero Henrique, mas até agora ainda não me foi apresentada nenhuma proposta"

Running that through the Google machine spits out that basically the only way Bernard is leaving is if the club receive €25 million. Additionally, Porto, whom the club have a good relationship, have not made a bid yet. Other sites, like 101 Great Goals, are reporting that Kalil is quoted as claiming there has been a bid from an English club and that Porto have entered negotiations. That, however, is simply not true. The article itself mentions the possibility of an "English club" having made a bid, but that's not addressed by Kalil in the slightest.

The price, €25 million (about £21 million) seems pretty high for Tottenham. Especially when you consider that Spurs weren't terribly inclined to drop a similar amount on Leandro Damiao. Bernard is a good player and has a bright future, but with the price tag as it is, he may have to come off of Spurs' radar. Unfortunately, Porto have a lot of money to burn at present and we all know that they almost always secure the best young South American talent.

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