Bernard offered to Arsenal & Liverpool in £19m deal

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Brazilian international Bernard's representatives have contacted both Arsenal and Liverpool and offered the Premier League duo the chance to sign the Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker this summer for £19m, according to The Mirror.

Bernard only signed for Shakhtar last summer on a five-year contract after the Ukrainian giants paid Atletico Mineiro £21.5m for his services, but the switch has been far from a roaring success to say the least.

The 21-year-old wants to leave Donetsk after the World Cup this summer and has targeted the Premier League, with his agent hoping to revive previous interest from Arsenal and Liverpool to make that happen.

Shakhtar are prepared to let the starlet jump ship for a fee approaching £19m, which would allow them to recoup that vast majority of last year's outlay, but the versatile young forward may face frustration in his bid to join one of Europe's top leagues with that price tag.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of the Selecao starlet but was unprepared to match Shakhtar's lofty bid last summer, but has the financial resources to change that this time around if he sees fit.

Reds tactician Brendan Rodgers is also blessed with a hefty transfer warchest approaching £60m and is on the lookout for quality reinforcements in all positions, with Bernard representing a genuine alternative to Adam Lallana if Southampton refuse to sell their captain during the close season.

Interest in Bernard could rise considerably with strong performances at the World Cup, but early on in a period of transfer madness two Premier League giants have been offered the chance to close a deal before the tournament even begins.

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