Brazilian winger Bernard seems to be destined for FC Porto, since his compatriot and former Porto player Hulk has reportedly advised him to join Porto, where he will get the maximum opportunity to develop, and fulfil his potential, and Bernard has also reportedly said that Porto will be his dream move.
This will mean that Arsenal will miss out again on one of their primary transfer targets, and a pretty important one too, because Arsenal have a dearth of proper wingers now, since Gervinho is said to be finalising a move to AS Roma, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain seems to play in the central midfield next season. Lukas Podolski isn’t really a winger, and the same applies to Santi Cazorla. Theo Walcott is one option, but based on last season, he seems to have instructions to drive into the penalty area, which robs Arsenal of width. Therefore, they have no one in the first team who can provide genuine width and this may affect Arsenal’s play and reduce creativity.
However, the Gunners have received a boost from Adriano Spadoto, Bernard’s agent, who says the promise of a high amount of playing time could shift the balance of the scales in Arsenal’s favour, and make it possible for Arsenal to sign him. Also the fact that might go in Arsenal’s favour is the presence of Arséne Wenger, who is famed for developing young talent, and the fact that Arsenal are simply a bigger club, with a bigger history.
Porto, though, will not give up without fight, and this season, they have the financial ability to put their money where their mouth is, since they received a financial windfall this season, with the sales of star players, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez, which opens squad space to add new players.