The agent for Atletico Mineiro playmaker, Bernard, has played down speculation linking the player with a move to Tottenham. Adriano Spadoto, his representative, has stated the Brazilian club's asking price is too high for the north London outfit.
The 20-year-old, who was part of the Selecao side that won the recently concluded Confederations Cup, has been linked with a move away to Spurs, Borussia Dortmund, Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto in recent weeks.
However, Spadoto has now revealed Porto were the only club not put off by Bernard's price tag. The Portuguese champions now look to be in pole position to land the midfielder, especially as Mineiro's kit sponsors, BMG Bank, have strong connections with them.
"The negotiations with Dortmund and Tottenham have cooled due to Bernard's high asking price, and he won't go to any of these clubs. There is nothing from Shakhtar, they have made no offer," the agent pointed out.
"The agreement (with BMG) is a factor, so Porto are the most likely destination for Bernard. I believe that Bernard will leave Atletico Mineiro after the Copa Libertadores and the official announcement will be made by (Mineiro president) Alexandre Kalil," Spadoto added.
Bernard had 11 goals and 11 assists to his name from 36 starts in the Brasileiro last season. The youngster, who prefers to operate on the left side on an attacking midfield trio, came on as a substitute and impressed in the Confederations Cup semi final against fierce rivals Uruguay.
Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas recently admitted that Tottenham have been following Bernard for some time but also stated it is unlikely the White Hart Lane side would bid with his former club, Porto, to snap up the player.
"Bernard's a player that we monitor like many others, but I think Tottenham will do nothing regarding them," the manager had said.
Tottenham secured the services of Bernard's Brazil team mate and Corinthians midfielder Paulinho earlier this week.