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€25 million Arsenal target's future could be decided by 'rice and beans'

Shakhtar Donetsk have made an unusual pledge to try to sign Bernard, the Brazilian winger also wanted by Arsenal.

Brazilian winger Bernard has traveled to Ukraine to undergo a fact-finding mission ahead of a proposed switch to Shakhtar Donetsk, and might be pleased with what he has learned.

There is no medical taking place on the visit, as confirmed by the player himself, but the club while showing him the facilities, are set on helping the 20-year-old live like a king.

Portuguese newspaper O Jogo report: "The club chaired by tycoon Rinat Akhmetov made ​​a proposal (to make) millionaire Bernard, which, if accepted, will earn something like 382 000 euros per month.

"All in all, are more than three million annual tax free ...fabulous addition to salary, Shakhtar includes other perks in the "package" designed to convince the player who has given understanding to prefer the FC Porto."

Premier League club Arsenal are also thought to be in the hunt for the winger, claimed at one point by both the French and Brazilian press to have agreed a switch and be en route for a medical, information later proved to be untrue.

It is the details of the 'package' offered by Shakhtar which makes it interesting, and might just persuade the youngster to join the already vast array of his countrymen at the club.

"Offerings include, besides a translator to facilitate adaptation, a mansion to live and a driver. Added to this, Shakhtar has already announced it will have special care with the power of the player, who has expressed concern ... his beloved rice and beans!"

It may sound ridiculous, but this is what a deal of this magnitude could come down to. A €25 million switch resting on the provision of rice and beans.

Even if Bernard is set to live like a king, he certainly does not intend on eating lavishly like one.

He was scheduled to visit the stadium, training ground, and have a guided tour, and will now consider his decision. An agreement is there in principle between Shakhtar and Atletico Mineiro, and now it is up to the player to consider what he has seen.

If Shakhtar cannot persuade him by pulling out all the stops, then suitors in the Premier League might just want to try putting forward the English delicacy of fish and chips to turn their fortunes around.

image: © ryanh

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