Liverpool and Tottenham target Juan Bernat's contract talks break down

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Juan Bernat of Valencia is on the radar of many big clubs this summer. Could he be Liverpool or Spurs' Jordi Alba?

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur both need to improve the left-back position in their squad this summer.

Spurs fans were less than enamoured by the performances of Danny Rose in the position last campaign, while Jan Vertonghen is a decent cover, it is not his favoured position.

Liverpool have Jose Enrique on the books, but the Spaniard spends more time on the treatment table than he does the training ground. Mamadou Sakho struggled when used in the position this term while Jon Flanagan, who did an exceptional job on the left, would certainly prefer playing in his favoured right-back slot.

With that in mind any decent left-back potentially available in Europe will naturally be linked to both teams. Juan Bernat of Valencia is certainly no different.

Bernat had a breakthrough season for Los Che in 2013-14 - playing in 49 games, mostly at left-back. Similar in style to former Valencia full-back Jordi Alba, himself a converted winger, it is easy to see why interest in his signature is so high.

But for his good performances last term Valencia still struggled. They finished in eighth position, ten points behind Real Sociedad in the final European place and just ten points ahead of Osasuna, who finished in the final relegation place.

Despite the promise of a takeover at the club no big names have yet arrived. The likes of Rodrigo and Andre Gomes have been linked, heavily, but nothing has been concluded.

With that in mind Bernat is not currently keen on committing his future to life at the Mestalla, which has reportedly seen him reject their latest contract offer. The reports from Spain suggest that Bernat has rejected a contract extension with Los Che, with his current deal expiring in June next year and containing a €20 million release clause he is certainly a tempting option, especially if Sevilla play hard-ball on Alberto Moreno.

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