Everton are on the verge to sign Brazil international Bernard on a free transfer. The attacking midfielder will be undergoing a medical on Wednesday at the Toffees and the Merseyside club hope to finalise the deal later on the day. Bernard is a free agent after he decided to let his contract at Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Dontetsk expire last month.
According to Sky Sports new Everton boss Marco Silva has played a big part in the deal, persuading the Brazilian to pick the Toffees ahead of several other clubs including West Ham United, Chelsea and AC Milan. The 25-year-old does need to apply for a work-permit before the transfer can be completed.
Bernard has earned 14 caps for the Brazilian national team during his career and he started his career in his homeland with Atletico Mineiro. In the summer of 2013, Bernard was signed by Shakhtar in a €45m deal. In the Ukraine Bernard won three league titles, winning two Ukrainian doubles in the past two seasons.