Arsenal and Tottenham have been given the all clear to land Brazilian midfielder Bernard on a season-long loan, after his club revealed they are ready to let him go.
The Daily Express today carries quotes from Shakhtar Donetsk which confirm that they plan on allowing the 21-year-old will be allowed to join another club temporarily, as he is keen to avoid playing in Ukraine this season. The playmaker has made it clear recently that he wants out of the club thanks to the on-going troubles in the country, which have forced Shakhtar to move to another city for the foreseeable future.
However the Ukrainian giants have made it clear that they have no intentions of selling their prized asset, and so will instead look to give him a reprieve for the season ahead by way of giving him a loan move. This is great news for both Arsenal and Tottenham, who have earmarked the Brazil international ahead of potential summer bids.
"It is necessary to seek a compromise," a club source said.
"It is obvious the Brazilian does not want to stay in Ukraine, where he will only complain and spoil the atmosphere in the team.
"But to let him go for free or for pennies won't work. The club will not allow it.
"In such a situation it is better to give the Brazilian a one year loan."
In particular Arsene Wenger will be optimistic, as he’s tipped to move once more into the transfer market before the window closes. Reports last week claimed he was on course to land Bernard’s compatriot, Douglas Costa, but it now appears as though the Shakhtar man could be the easier purchase.
A loan move for the player would give him the opportunity to see whether or not he is up to adapting to life in the Premier League, and assess his strengths and weaknesses without being forced to get rid of him if he for some reason doesn’t fit the bill.
That being said competition for places in the attacking midfield positions is at an all-time high, and the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey would all be strong contenders for Bernard’s place.
The other option for the youngster is White Hart Lane, where he would most certainly be guaranteed more game-time, though he’d have to forego Champions League football. Under Mauricio Pochettino Spurs are looking to mount a serious drive to break into the top four once again, though the club will know this season could be perhaps the most competitive one the Premier League has bore witness to since its inception.