By Declan Walsh

21st Jul, 2021 | 2:10pm

Bernard in talks with UAE club Sharjah ahead of Everton exit

Everton attacker Bernard is edging closer to leaving Goodison Park and Bayer Leverkusen’s Demarai Gray is on the verge of replacing him, according to The Athletic journalist Patrick Boyland.

Writing on The Athletic website, Boyland reported that Bernard, 28, is in talks with a “number of clubs” in the UAE, with one of them being Sharjah FC.

It is understood that Everton are trying to sell Bernard, with the Brazilian falling under the category of a high-earning fringe player.

Ex-Leicester winger Gray, 25, is close to joining the Toffees from Leverkusen as a replacement in a deal worth around £1.5million

Good decision

Bernard has been a waste of money, in all honesty.

Although the attacking midfielder joined the Blues on a free transfer in 2018, he is a high-earner.

According to a previous report by The Athletic, Bernard is earning over £100,000-a-week on his contract at Goodison Park.

He is in the final year of that contract – but should Everton be splashing out over £5million on keeping him until he becomes a free agent? Absolutely not.

Even if Bernard goes on a free transfer, it would be better than keeping him, especially as he played just 12 Premier League matches last season and only earned starts in three of them.

Gray might not have had the best of spells at Bayer Leverkusen after joining them in January but we’d rather have him than Bernard.

There’s no doubt that despite Gray costing around £1.5million, this deal will be more financially acceptable for the Everton board, who do need to keep an eye on profit and sustainability rules this summer.

In other Everton news, an overseas medical is underway ahead of yet another major signing at Goodison.

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