According to Brazilian reporter Alexandre Oliviera, speaking on ESPN’s Fora De Jogo Atletico Mineriro winger Bernard is set to join Arsenal.
“Atletico Mineiro’s Bernard is going to join Arsenal.”
Here is a second person confirming the same information from the same source:
Currently playing for the same club as Gilberto we can no doubt assume that the former Arsenal man would have had nothing but good things to say about Arsenal to the Brazilian international.
When we first reported this story on July 12th it was claimed that Arsenal were expected to submit a bid within 11 days after studying reports on the player including details about his off-field behaviour.
There has been interest in Bernard from Tottenham [who are said to have pulled out], Borussia Dortmund and Shakhtar Donetsk.
With Gervinho seeming like he is on his way out [Roma the likely destination at this point] the addition of BErnard would certainly be an improvement to the squad. Fingers crossed this one is true.
Thanks to @JV_Padilha in Brazil who says that when it comes to Brazilian players, ESPN Brazil are very reliable however @Arsenal_Brasil say he isn’t very reliable.
[UPDATE – Porto could also be in the mix as they are closely connected with BMG who are said to own 50% of Bernard’s image rights meaning that Porto could get the player by only paying the share which Atletico Mineiro own.
Thanks to @Stormblizzard for this info]