Brighton defender Bernardo is attracting interest from three clubs amid rumours of a potential loan exit from the Amex Stadium.
Sky Sports reported that the Seagulls are in talks with Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir over a possible season-long loan for the 25-year-old, with Premier League duo West Ham and Newcastle also looking at the left-back as a potential recruit.
Left-back Bernardo has made 43 appearances in two years at Brighton but, having started 19 Premier League games in his first season at the club, he made just seven league starts last term, with Dan Burn often preferred by Graham Potter on the left flank.
With the ex-Wigan defender more conventionally a centre-back, Bernardo is actually the only natural left-back in the Seagulls’ first team squad, although it is perhaps an indication of his current standing that Potter would rather play a central defender at left-back than the Brazilian, who is a natural fit for the role.
The 25-year-old’s place could come under further threat from the potential arrival of Rico Henry, with Albion considering a move for the Brentford left-back and the Bees expecting the 23-year-old to leave the Championship club in this transfer window, as per Sussex Live.
In 2019/20, Bernardo actually won more tackles (1.9 to 1.5) and headers (2.2 to 1.9) per game than Henry, so some may argue that the Brentford defender mightn’t necessarily be an upgrade on the Brighton left-back.
It would be understandable if Bernardo wishes to try his luck on loan elsewhere, given that he has struggled for game-time under Potter despite being Brighton’s only genuine left-back.
Can Brighton afford to loan out Bernardo?
However, if a loan exit is sanctioned, that leaves the Seagulls manager potentially sweating on getting a deal done for Henry. Otherwise, he will have no option but to utilise Burn at left-back for another season and pray that he doesn’t fall victim to injury or suspension.
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