If Tottenham Hotspur want to sign Bernard, they may have to fight off a mega-rich Shakhtar Donetsk to do it. UOL is claiming that the Ukrainian club has bid €22 million for Bernard, giving Spurs a challenger for the Atletico Mineiro player who already has four cap for Brazil at age 20.
The €22 million bid would be the largest lodged for Bernard so far and one that Atletico would have to strongly consider. Atletico has placed a €25 million value on Bernard, and if a club is willing to pay it they would likely accept it, but they are willing to consider a slightly lower price, like the one Shakhtar have reportedly bid.
Shakhtar have some major squad rebuilding to do after selling Fernandinho and Willian, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan also reportedly on the way out. Between their departures, and the money received from their sales, Shakhtar have been active on the transfer market with plenty of money to throw around. They have already raided Brazil with Wellington Nem and Fernando on the way in, and now they would like to add Bernard.
Bernard would be quite the coup for Tottenham if they could get him, although it won't be an easy task to snap him up. The 20-year-old can play anywhere in an attacking role, giving Andre Villas-Boas cover for Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon, while also providing him with another central option. Most likely, he would play on the left, cutting in with Bale centrally and the interchanging between the two would cause fits for opposing defenses. He could slot in either in the 4-2-3-1 that Spurs used a year ago or the 4-3-3 that he may want to transition the team to, giving Villas-Boas plenty of versatility to go along with fabulous talent.
As good of a signing as Bernard appears to be, Shakhtar are now complicating it. They have plenty of money and plenty of reason to chase the player, and if Tottenham are to snap him up, they would surely have to pay out a club record fee.
Stupid Shakhtar. Stupid oil money. Stupid Alan Hutton.