Arsenal have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Brazil star Bernard from Atletico Mineiro, according to reports in Daily Star.
Brazilian reporter Alexandre Oliviera has claimed it’s a done deal via ESPN’s Fora De Jogo, with the Gunners reportedly agreeing to pay a fee of around £21million for the talented 20-year-old.
The Brazilian international has been linked with Tottenham, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Porto but Arsenal have opened talks over a proposed £21million move.
Bernard who plays predominantly on the left side of the midfield, was part of Brazil’s Confederations Cup winning squad and is considered one of the hottest properities in South American football. Bernard has made 97 appearances for Belo Horizonte based side Atletico Mineiro, scoring 21 goals in the process.
The Gunners have been lining up numerous midfield targets including Everton’s Marouane Fellaini though they are reluctant to meet his current release clause. Arsene Wenger is said to have been keen to sign the pacy midfielder and is hopeful it will help kick-start Arsenal’s transfer drive.
Bernard looks most effective with a striker in front of him, and at least one more creative player alongside him, this allows him to utilize his versatility. A creative player moving around allows him to exploit his great knack for one-two passing and classic tiki-taka football.
Bernard’s touch is immaculate, and probably one of his greatest assets. At the same time, he is a finisher who prefers to lurk around the 18-yard box allows Bernard to make good use of his ability to switch to wide positions and launch in crosses.
If true, it’s a remarkable signing by Arsenal, especially considering how much interest there has been in the Brazilian from several of their Premier League rivals.
He is a player who could easily get into the Arsenal first team and a player who could release German Lukas Podolski from having to play that left midfield role, which has so far stopped him from performing regularly as a center forward.
The sources from which the news popped up did not back their claims with any substantial proof so it be pretty foolish to come to conclusions without any official confirmation from Arsenal or Atletico Mineiro.
It also seems pretty unrealistic that Arsene Wenger would be willing to splash a sum of £21million for the young Brazilian, who has just made his senior team debut last year and yet to gain much of quality playing time on the big stage.
Do you want to see him at the Emirates?