Date: 20th July 2013 at 11:07am
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Speculation is increasing over a potential Liverpool move for Brazilian international winger Bernard?

Atletico Mineiro star Bernard, who is currently involved in the Copa Libertadores climax, looks set for a summer move to Europe once the South American competition concludes next week.

Speaking ahead of the final second leg against Paraguay’s Olympia, which his side trail 2-0, the 20-year-old said: “Regardless of whether it is my last game, it will be one of the most important titles of my career. Libertadores is very important for the club and for the players.

“I will do my best to make the fans happy, because moments like this may not happen again.”

The Independent are amongst the media sources suggesting Anfield could be a possible destination although they concede there are a number of other interested parties including Tottenham Hotspur, Porto, Shaktar Donetsk and Borussia Dortmund.

Others, such as the Daily Express, believe fellow Premier League side Arsenal lead the chase and are closing in on concluding a deal worth £21.5m.

Bernard, who plays predominantly down the left flank, possesses an abundance of pace and an eye for goal having scored an impressive 35 goals in 113 career appearances to date.

The starlet made his senior debut for Brazil in November and has gone on to amass five caps including a couple during last month’s Confederations Cup as the Samba Stars lifted the trophy.

Bernard would become the third Brazilian in Liverpool’s first-team squad, should he arrive, joining Lucas Leiva and Philippe Coutinho on Merseyside.

With a World Cup in Brazil at the end of the upcoming season it is important the youngster makes the right choice over his next destination.

As Lucas himself commented to Liverpoolfc.com earlier this week: “This season is a last chance to try and impress and get a place in the national squad.

“The World Cup in our country will be amazing. Every international break that you are not involved in becomes harder, but you have to believe until the end.”

Vital Verdict
An exciting young talent who is unsurprisingly one of the most sought-after players in world football right now. His pace and directness would seem a perfect fit for the high-tempo, attacking nature of the Premier League. However, given our lack of Champions League football and the fact Kop boss Brendan Rodgers seems keen to give teenage wingers Raheem Sterling and Jordan Ibe further opportunities, a move to Liverpool would be a surprise. Although a welcome one in many regards.

Likelihood (out of 5):
Three


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