View: Everton must hold onto attacker until the summer even if £10m offer comes in
Middle Eastern outfit Al Nasr are considering making an offer to sign Everton forward Bernard this month, according to reports.
The Dubai based club have not yet made a move for the Brazilian, but according to Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre [Tuesday, 08:07am] the UAE Pro-League club are mulling over making a £10m offer.
The 28-year old winger has just 18-months left on his current deal on Merseyside, and having made just two starts in the Premier League this season, speculation has begun to mount concerning his long-term future at Goodison Park.
Roma’s proposed offer to sign Bernard on a permanent basis involved a straight swap that would have seen Everton make Robin Olsen’s loan permanent, so Al Nasr’s potential £10m offer does seem more appealing.
Bernard joined the Blues on a free transfer after leaving Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018, meaning that should Al Nasr offer £10million, Everton could make a respectable profit on the Brazilian.
Ultimately though it comes down to whether the club can find adequate replacements because the squad simply isn’t deep enough to sanction a sale in that area.
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Richarlison and Alex Iwobi are the other only natural wingers who are ready to play regular first-team football, meaning Bernard’s sale would have to include an incoming player.
With Marcel Brands having all but ruled out the possibility of any incomings at Goodison Park before January’s deadline, it would be in Everton’s best interests to halt discussions of a sale for Bernard until at least the summer.
In other Everton news, Kevin Campbell has tipped his former club to sign West Ham ace.