Bernard uncertain over £22m Shakhtar Donetsk move

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Atletico Mineiro president Alexandre Kalil has revealed Arsenal and Tottenham both failed in their attempts to land Brazil international Bernard this summer, according to

The 20-year-old Atletico winger is widely expected to leave Brazil for Europe before the start of the season, although Bernard has refuted claims he's all but set to sign for Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk after Tottenham and Arsenal failed in their approaches.

Shakhtar had a £22m offer accepted by Atletico last week, but the club have so far failed to reach an agreement over personal terms with the player - with Bernard set to travel to Ukraine for further talks.

"It's just a visit, there won't be any medical," Bernard told TV Alterosa. "Nothing is certain and I won't sign any documents.

"I made it clear to them that I would only visit so that I could see their facilities."

Although the Ukrainian giants lead the race for his signature, reports claim the player actually favours a move to Porto.

But Atletico Mineiro president Kalil admitted earlier in the transfer window there was strong interest from the Premier League.

Both Arsenal and Tottenham are believed to have scouted Bernard, but neither submitted a bid matching the Brazilian club's asking price for the talented youngster.

Speaking to Radio Itatiaia, Kalil said: "Tottenham made an offer of €18m for Bernard, but they withdrew.

"Arsenal told us that they would bid, but never did. So what we have now is a €25m bid from Shakhtar."

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