Brazilian reporter Alexandre Oliviera has said it’s a done deal via ESPN’s Fora De Jogo, with the Gunners reportedly agreeing to pay a fee of €25 million for the talented 20-year-old.
“Atletico Mineiro’s Bernard is going to join Arsenal,” he said.
If true, it’s a remarkable signing by Arsenal, especially considering how much interest there has been in the Brazilian from several of their Premier League rivals.
He’s a youngster who could easily go straight into the Arsenal first team and a player who could release German Lukas Podolski from having to play that left midfield role, which has so far stopped him from performing regularly as a centre forward.
He has all of the core attributes needed to be successful with the Gunners; he’s quick, good on the ball passes well and knows how to hit the back of the net frequently.
He’s also in and around the Brazilian national side already, having appeared twice as a substitute in a very competitive squad during the recent Confederations Cup.
The attraction of joining Arsenal is likely to be huge for a player in his position and there are two main benefits which the Gunners can stress, which Liverpool and Spurs aren’t able to.
Firstly, Arsenal can offer Champions League football. The top players want to play in the best competitions and there is no doubt that fourth place last season gives Arsenal an advantage in this transfer and any other they choose to go after this summer.
They also offer Bernard the chance to work alongside Arsene Wenger, a manager with a proven track record when it comes to taking younger players, developing them and turning them into superstars.
However, where the news is coming from should be taken with a pinch of salt until there is official conformation from Arsenal or Atletico Mineiro.
It wouldn’t be the first time in the history of football that a report or reporter has claimed that a deal has been done, only for it to unravel very quickly.
The second source, which backs up Oliviera’s news also seems far from being concrete and trustworthy.
Selecao Brasileira seems to be a stats resource on Twitter, which provides information about various Brazilian leagues, teams and players, having a trustworthy history as far as stats are concerned but not when it comes to judging transfers.
What do you think? Good business by Arsenal if true?