Everton have made a move for Bernard, who is a free agent after his contract expired at Shakhtar Donetsk at the end of the 2017-18 season. The winger had been previously linked with the Blues when it looked like the Ukrainian side’s manager Paulo Fonseca would be taking over at the Toffees.
Breaking: Benard to sign for Everton subject to a work permit. More on @MailSport to follow ... West Ham interest had cooled, Chelsea came late but Marco Silva sealed the deal.— Lee Clayton (@LeeClayton_) August 6, 2018
Bernard is right-footed and though he plays mostly on the left is capable of filling in on the right wing as well. He featured in 29 games for Shakhtar last season, scoring ten times and picking up four assists, including three goals in the Champions League. The 25 year old has 14 caps for Brazil, but hasn’t featured since the 2014 World Cup.
The report states that Marco Silva’s involvement was crucial in securing Bernard’s signature, and the winger is excited to link up with his countryman Richarlison in the Blues’ attack. The Blues beat Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and West Ham in their bid to land the forward.
The move provides Everton with nearly an embarrassment of riches in attacking options, although one can safely assume it spells the end of at least Yannick Bolasie at the club and perhaps Ademola Lookman, too.
It can be difficult to evaluate and scout players from the Ukrainian league, but Shakhtar Dontesk have produced the likes of Fernandinho and Willian in the past, so all is not lost. At his age, Bernard likely has some growth left in his game, too. Stay tuned.