Everton capture Bernard on four-year deal from Shakhtar Donetsk

Tanya Simon
August 9, 2018

Everton reportedly reach an agreement to sign Kurt Zouma on loan from Chelsea for the 2018-19 seaspm, despite interest in a permanent deal from Manchester United.

Everton have been looking to strengthen defensively, with Yerry Mina also set to join the club from Barcelona.

Bernard, 25, left Shakhtar Donetsk when his contract expired and had been linked to a host of European clubs.

"I chose Everton because of all the things I had heard about Marco Silva and after speaking to him I was happy with what he said to me", the midfielder said.

It might be hard for him to get regular playing time at Chelsea this season, so sending him out on loan makes sense.

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"Everton is a club with a great structure and a lot of tradition".

The Blues are also interested in agreeing a season-long loan deal for Barcelona's Andre Gomes, while the free transfer signing of Bernard is expected to be completed on Thursday afternoon.

The Portugal worldwide moved to Camp Nou after impressing at Valencia but has found first-team opportunities at the Catalan giants nearly non-existent. The French defender played 37 games for the Potters and him returning to the Premier League makes sense for both the club and the player.

"I did not need any convincing to come here".

Usually in cases such as this clubs can approach the Premier League and request more time to complete the deal, if they can provide all the necessary paperwork and prove that the completing the deal is just a matter of dotting i's and crossing t's. "I believe I will be able to show my best as a player here".

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