According to reports in Brazil, Tottenham Hotspur have sent scouts to watch Atletico Mineiro winger Bernard at the Confederations Cup this month. The 20-year-old has been capped three times by Brazil and is unlikely to start their matches in the tournament, but Andre Villas-Boas hopes to get a better idea of his ability while they consider a summer move.
Bernard is also reportedly a target for Borussia Dortmund, but the youngster will not leave until the end of the Copa Libertadores in late July, with his side Atletico Mineiro in the semi-finals. Were they to win the tournament, there is a chance a deal could be agreed that would see Bernard move in January to give him a chance to play in the Club World Cup. Atletico are reportedly demanding around £17million for the player.
Elsewhere, on Twitter Sky Italia have suggested that Spurs are close to finalising a deal for Corinthians midfielder Paulinho, who has previously been linked with Chelsea and Sunderland. Currently Inter and Roma are supposed to be Spurs main rivals for the defensive midfielder.
The 24-year-old will also be in action at the Confederations Cup this month, and has previously been valued at around £15million. Paulinho could be brought in to replace Scott Parker, who has been linked with a move to QPR, Fiorentina and Sunderland this summer.
Parker is one of ten players that have apparently been told they can leave in this transfer window, with Andre Villas-Boas keen to clear-out the deadwood in his squad. Strikers Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor, along with other first team players like Parker, Tom Huddlestone and Benoit Assou-Ekotto will all be sold if the right offer comes in.
Also on the list is young winger Andros Townsend, who enjoyed an excellent spell on loan in the second half of last season and was expected to play a role in the Spurs senior side this summer. Such speculation has to be taken with a pinch of salt, as if all the listed players left Spurs would have to sign half a new squad. However the players might be used as negotiating chips as Spurs chase their targets.
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