Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Brazilian midfielder Bernard, after the Premier League club sent scouts to watch the attacking-midfielder in cup action in his homeland, reports the Daily Mail.
Original reports broke out last week from Brazil saying that a deal had been agreed between Arsenal and Bernard's club, Atletico Mineiro, but manager Arsene Wenger ruled out the move in his press conference during their Far East pre-season tour.
However, now it seems he is ready to push through with his interest, after receiving positive feedback from his scouting team.
The £20million-rated midfielder helped his side win the Copa Libertadores, which is South American's version of the Champions League, and the Arsenal scouts out there were highly-impressed by the 20-year-old.
Bernard has also been linked with a move to Premier League duo Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in the past, but it now looks like Wenger could be in the driving seat to sign the Brazilian, which will come as a hugh relief for Arsenal fans, who are still yet to see a new summer signing.
The player's agent, Adriano Spadoto, confirmed on social network site Facebook, that both Tottenham and German side Borussia Dortmund had withdrawn their interest in the 20-year-old because of the high-asking price.
"Negotiations with Tottenham and Dortmund have cooled, due to the high asking price," he wrote.
After the final victory, the agent then took to Twitter to send this message to his client: "Congratulations Bernard. Double winner! Confederations Cup, Libertadores…the perfect farewell."
Despite the move looking imminent, Bernard himself has admitted that he has no clue about where his future lies: "I don't know what will happen to me from tomorrow, but I made it clear I wanted to leave here with a big title, so I have fulfilled my goal."
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