Back in 2013, Spurs were a number of clubs interested in Atletico Mineiro’s Brazilian international midfielder Bernard but amidst reports that the two parties involved were haggling over the fee, the player sealed a 25 million Euro move to Shakhtar Donetsk.
“We had offers from Tottenham, and according to my Atletico president Arsenal were interested too, but didn’t have the money,” Bernard told 4-4-2 magazine.
“All of it happened in a moment Europe was facing a serious financial crisis, so there was interest from various teams, but the only one able to pay straight away was Shakhtar.”
Bernard was later asked if he would consider an early move away from the Ukraine.
“No. Really. It might change if there’s a situation that forces us out of the country, to break our contracts, but I’ll only consider it if any offer comes in the future,” he added.
“It [the Premier League] is the best league in the world. I remember watching Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United alongside my dad. There’s no easy game.”
Despite the unrest in Ukraine, we haven’t exactly seen players leaving in their droves but if Bernard shines at the 2014 World Cup in his homeland, we may just see a Premiership club follow up their interest a little more seriously.