Liverpool enter race for Bernard amid renewed interest in Eriksen

Liverpool have entered the race to sign Atletico Mineiro midfielder Bernard.

The highly rated play-maker had been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspurs but the Londoners interest has waned following the signing of Paulinho.

According to Sports Direct News however Bernard could be joining his international team-mate in the Premier League with Liverpool ready to step up their interest in the player with an official bid.

The 20 year old, part of Brazil’s successful confederation cup winning squad, would reportedly cost the Reds between £15-20 million.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to snap up another attacking midfielder to compliment the attacking threat of Philippe Coutinho and has earmarked Bernard after missing out on top target Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Bernard, full name Bernard Anício Caldeira Duarte, has five caps for the Brazilian national team and was part of the Mineiro squad that won the 2012 and 2013 Campeonato Mineiro.

The player has been very coy about his future telling Sportv “I have already said that I won’t talk about this, but the president has admitted publicly that there are five offers.”

However Juan Reol, the press agent who assists Bernard’s agent Adriano Spadoto, was a little more revealing when questioned on the player’s future telling Globo Esporte “Dortmund have expressed an interest. Tottenham as well, but since they have signed Paulinho they have gone cold.

“Porto are also one of the clubs, but we have to understand that Bernard won’t negotiate during the Copa Libertadores.

Liverpool are keeping their cards close to their chest however and are also believed to be interested in Danish star Christian Eriksen.

The player has been on their radar for while now but the club could finally be ready to make a move for the player.

The Ajax star is reportedly available for £15 million as he is entering the final year of the contract and ironically has also been linked with Spurs and Dortmund.

The players’ agent Martin Schoots confirmed that his client is still a target for a number of clubs’s telling Danish Daily BT “Yes, we are still in dialogue with certain clubs and it will always be like that with a player such as Christian,”

“At present it is difficult to say whether this contract will result in a transfer, so we will not speculate about it now.”

Schoots also revealed that the Danish International would sign a new contract if he did not secure a move this summer.

“If the contact we have with clubs does not lead to something, Christian has already said that he will not let his contract at Ajax run out so he becomes a free transfer,” he added.

“He wants the club to get something for him, so he will extend his contract if he does not leave.”

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.