Everton closing in on Brazil international

Brazilian international Bernard Duarte is close to completing a move to Everton and could have a medical soon, according to Sky Sports News.

If a work permit is granted, the 25-year-old will travel to Everton for a medical to seal the deal.

Bernard has been a subject of interest for more than one club – along with Everton, Chelsea, AC Milan, as well as Inter Milan. 

If the Toffees manage to land Bernard, it will be the second major Brazilian player they will have procured, after Richardson, whom they acquired from Watford, in the transfer window. 

At 5'5'', Bernard could be facing challenges of English football, but given that he has had a fruitful time with Shakhtar Donetsk, where he has been for the last five years, Everton would be more than happy if the deal materialises. His contract with the Ukranian club ended last season. 

The left-winger also has a handful of appearances for Brazil to his name, playing 14 games and scoring a goal, also playing in the 2014 World Cup where his team reached the semi-finals.

His entry to Goodison Park will be his first assignment in English football – he started his career at Atletico Mineiro, before moving to Democrata FC on loan in 2010. The move to Ukraine transpired in 2013.

Newly appointed coach Marcos Silva has had his hands full trying to ward off interest shown by other clubs on the Brazilian, even though he is seemingly eyeing a centre-back to strengthen his squad before the transfer window closes.

Capable of essaying multiple roles on the field, Bernard was already identified as a hot target before Silva had his eyes on him – Chelsea and West Ham were in pursuit of the 25-year-old, the latter having initially dropped out after hearing a contract request of £200,000-per-week.




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