Atletico Mineiro attacking midfielder Bernard has been one of Brazil’s highly touted talents for many a season now. The diminutive creator has seen his name linked with boats loads of European clubs in that time but like many of the new generation of Brazilian players he has not been in a rush to get over to Europe to play his football.
This summer however it appears that may change. Rumours are starting to mount that suggest Bernard may be considering this summer as the perfect opportunity to move continents. With the World Cup year commencing the belief is a move to Europe could dramatically increase his chances of selection for the Brazilian squad; adding to his comparatively small number of caps (2).
Which should be music to the ears of Chelsea.
The Blues have been linked with the player consistently and in December 2012 Bernard himself acknowledged that the interest was mutual, declaring;
"We know there is speculation, the press has been talking a lot. But nothing concrete has come so far. Chelsea are a club with a lot of visibility, they are a club where every player would like to play."
Chelsea could also be the perfect location for him to settle down. With plenty of compatriot’s at the ready to help him settle into London life such as David Luiz, Oscar and another summer recruit Wallace from Fluminense.
But as ever with a player as talented as this young lad of 20-years of age there is plenty of interest from other parties who would love to see him playing for them rather than Chelsea.
One such club is Borussia Dortmund.
The Champions League finalists have been linked with a move for the player over the past few weeks; as a potential replacement for Bayern Munich bound Mario Gotze.
And the last thing Chelsea needed was one of Bayern’s players trying to convince Bernard to sign for their closest Bundesliga rivals.
But that is exactly what Dante, the Brazilian centre-back, has done.
Bild report that Dante gave him advice on a potential €16 million move to the Westfalen this summer, stating:
"I explained to him the German mentality and given advice. Although he is physically inferior, he is very good fit for BVB."
Dortmund now appear to be in pole position for the player and in reality it makes sense.
Do Chelsea really need him considering the wealth of talent in that attacking midfield already? With Kevin De Bruyne also on the books it would appear Dortmund need him more.
And it looks increasingly likely that he will be a Dortmund player by September.
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