Porto now appear to be frontrunners in the race for Brazilian youngster Bernard, after his father, Delio Duarte, suggested that the Portuguese club would be the best destination for the 20-year-old at this stage of his career.
Duarte also acknowledged Arsenal’s interest in the winger, who recently won the Copa Libertadores with Atletico Mineiro. Tottenham Hotspur and Shakhtar have also been linked with Bernard this summer.
Arsenal had been rumoured to be close to finalising a deal for Bernard last week, and the Gunners could be waiting to complete Gervinho’s proposed move to Roma before stepping up their interest in the Brazilian.
However Bernard’s third party ownership make a deal especially complicated, and could favour Porto in a transfer battle, as this system is allowed in the Prtuguese league, but not in the Premier League.
Crystal Palace are keen to take Arsenal outcast Marouane Chamakh on a six month loan to replace the injured Glenn Murray.
The 29-year-old has scored just 14 goals in 67 appearances for Arsenal since joining them three years ago, and was farmed out on loan to West Ham in the second half of last season, where Chamakh also failed to impress.
However Ian Holloway reportedly believes he can get the best out of the striker, and is keen to seal a loan move for the Moroccan after missing out on several other targets.
Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has said he would be surprised if Luis Suarez opted to leave the Merseyside club for Arsenal, suggesting La Liga would be a better destination for the Uruguayan striker.
"Arsenal are a fabulous club and have got a great heritage, but Liverpool are as big - if not bigger," Owen said on BBC's Sportsweek.
"I'd be very surprised if he were to move to Arsenal. Madrid or Barcelona would make more sense. I'm struggling to understand why he would leave and stay in England with Liverpool being the stature they are."
Arsenal are expected to make a third bid for Suarez this week, having had their previous offer of £40million plus one pound turned down.
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