Just when it seemed like Everton were done in what was an eventful and impactful transfer window, rumors have popped up linking Brazilian playmaker Bernard with a move to Al-Hilal before the Saudi Arabian window closes on October 25th.
The winger, signed in 2018, has made 68 appearances for the Blues in all competitions, having netted six goals with seven assists in the process. However, he has struggled for playing time since Carlo Ancelotti has taken over, and does not appears to be in the Italian manager’s immediate plans, though he has lined up in the middle against lower league opposition.
While Everton were able to secure Bernard on a free transfer, they will be motivated to offload his hefty wages, much like they did when they loaned out Theo Walcott to Southampton. The offer is reportedly for £6 million, which represents a year’s wages for the player with two years left on his current deal. Bernard would certainly be centerpiece in the middle for Al Hilal, who boast of having Sebastian Giovinco and Bafetimbi Gomis among their forward ranks.
Of course this past weekend’s eventful derby and it’s far-reaching repercussions may force the Blues to be patient if they do decide to move the Brazilian. With Richarlison out the next three matches following his sending off against Liverpool, the chances for seeing time on the field may have greatly improved for Bernard.
With Richarlison out until after the next international break, and with the next transfer window opening again in just over 60 days the Blues may decide to push off this move until they have their full complement of attackers on hand.
Seemingly still ahead of Anthony Gordon on the depth chart, Bernard will hope to see some minutes in the upcoming stretch of matches. Should he get on the pitch, his play there will either cement a spot in Carlo’s side or secure Bernard a move to Saudia Arabia. We will just have to see.