The 20-year-old, who has already been capped five times for the Brazil national side, has been attracting the interest of a host of European clubs this summer, with the Gunners strongly linked with a move.
Atletico Minieiro director Eduardo Maluf is quoted as saying the club are ready to let the 20-year-old leave for the right price.
According to Goal.com, Maluf said:
The president [Alexandre Kalil] has already made very clear, if an offer of €25m (£21.6m) arrives, he is going to sell and we will buy another player.
If this offer did not appear, Bernard will stay at Atletico. He is young and can leave at the end of the year.
It follows a tweet from the player’s agent Adriano Spadoto following Minieiro’s victory in the Copa Libertadores final against Olympia in which he hinted Bernard had played his last game for the Brazilian club.
According to Daily Mail, Spadoto said:
Congratulations, Bernard. Double-winner! Confederations Cup, Libertadores the perfect farewell.
Reports in France earlier suggested the Brazil international would arrive in London today to undergo a medical. In response to those claims, Arsene Wenger said “the report is not true”, however the Frenchman is famed for his obfuscation over transfer dealings.
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Bernard is a little man with a growing reputation. The attacking midfielder is just 5’4” but stands head and shoulders above his teammates in terms of talent.
His 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 allowing him to make good use of his ability to switch to wide positions and launch in crosses. If true, it would be a remarkable signing for Arsenal, especially considering how much interest there has been in the Brazilian from several of their Premier League rivals.
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.
Signing Bernard would enable Wenger to rotate Cazorla with a younger but equally skillful player. Eventually, the prodigiously talented Bernard could even take over as Arsenal’s primary play-maker.
Are you waiting to see him in an Arsenal shirt?