Yesterday, L’Equipe ran a story claiming that Arsenal has signed the Shakthar Donetsk, Liverpool and Tottenham target, Bernard, from Atletico Mineiro for a fee of around £21 million, and will have his medical on Friday, after playing in the second leg of the final of the Copa Libertadores.
He was sent by Mineiro for the press conference for the match, and was naturally quizzed about the rumours linking him to Arsenal, but he refused to disclose where he would play after this week saying, “In a week as important as this, I do not want to talk about it. I do not want to be rude, but my focus is on the final. My future is at Atletico until Thursday when it is in the hands of the board.”
On his game on Thursday, he said, “There is no use giving 100%, you must give more. I will do my best. This is a great opportunity.”
Yesterday, after Arsenal’s victory against his old club Nagoya Grampus Eight, Arsené Wenger was asked about him signing Bernard, but he, unsurprisingly, declined having signed him, keeping all his cards close to his chest, not wanting a last minute bid to come in from other teams tracking Bernard, avoiding what happened with Juan Mata, and what he did to Lille, signing Park Chu-Young who was odd on to join Lille accord to many bookmakers and free sports picks sites.
Bernard is another one of Brazil’s tricky dribblers. A left-footed winger, he is capable of playing across all the three positions upfront. He has an eye for a pass, contributing 11 assists to his club this season. He would surely be a great addition to Arsenal, especially, if Gervinho leaves, and now that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has found himself playing in the midfield role that he craves. He has the capability to develop into the marquee signing that Arsenal need this summer to challenge for trophies, and satiate the thirst of their supporters of buying a top-class player.