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Bernard’s £21.5m price-tag from five years ago highlights Everton bargain

Everton are set to sign the Brazilian on a free transfer.

Mathew Nash

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Bar any dramatic late developments Everton will be signing Bernard later today. The Brazilian, a free agent after allowing his contract to expire at Shakhtar Donetsk, will join on an apparent £150,000-a-week deal – according to The Mirror.

It seems a lot for a player that has never played in one of Europe’s top leagues. However, the free transfer is still a bargain.

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In the summer of 2013, the Brazilian was wanted by a host of top European clubs. He had been in fine form for his club Atletico Mineiro. The likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and many others were all named as potential suitors.

However, none of them got the player. As he told FourFourTwo magazine himself a year later, the reason why was simple. Nobody wanted to pay the £21.5 million that Shakhtar did up front.


“We had offers from Tottenham, and according to my Atletico president Arsenal were interested too, but didn’t have the money. All of it happened in a moment Europe was facing a serious financial crisis, so there was interest from various teams, but the only one able to pay straight away was Shakhtar.”

– Bernard on why move to England never panned out


So five years ago Bernard, just arriving from Brazilian football, was worth £21.5 million. Considering the way transfer inflation has panned out in recent years, he must be worth at least double that now.

He has impressed in the Champions League and Shakhtar would undoubtedly have wanted far more for him were they to have sold him this summer.

Considering the price Everton paid for Richarlison this summer, this looks an incredible piece of business.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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Phil Jagielka turns 36 this week and his Everton career should be winding down

The veteran Everton defender is no longer cut out for the weekly trials of Premier League football.

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This week has seen Everton decide against appealing the decision to send off Phil Jagielka in the season opener against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The club captain let the ball escape him and his lunge on Diogo Jota was deemed worthy of a straight red card.

It means that Jagielka will miss the next three games for Everton. It may also mean the end for the veteran defender.

It has been no secret that the fan favourite’s skills have been diminishing in recent times. For the past three seasons, the former England international has been in steady decline. It is, of course, no surprise. Affectionately known as ‘Jags’ the 11-year Goodison vet turns 36 this week. Considering his injury past, it is little wonder his best days are firmly in the rearview mirror.

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This summer Everton snapped up two new centre-back signings. Both Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma arrived on deadline day. One of the pair is likely to replace him for the weekend clash with Southampton. The other should overtake him in the pecking order along with current starter Michael Keane.

Everton should then start considering the future. Talents like Mason Holgate, Morgan Feeney and Lewis Gibson are not going to get any better without first-team action.

Jagielka is and should always be considered something of a legend at Everton for his magnificent service to the club. But, as his red card against Wolves signified, he is no longer on the pulse at this level.

It should be the beginning of the end for the Everton stalwart.

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Everton round-up: No Jagielka appeal, new duo train and Usmanov investment

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Everton.

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No appeal

Everton will not appeal Phil Jagielka’s red card against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Everton captain received a straight red for a dangerous tackle on Diogo Jota, which the player protested was extremely harsh.

Everton boss Marco Silva also felt it was the wrong decision.

However, Everton have decided not to appeal the ruling and accept a three-match ban for the veteran defender – starting this weekend v Southampton.

Everton’s new signings Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma will now push for a starting spot along with youngster Mason Holgate.

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Newbies train

However, Mina has still not trained with the Everton first-team. Today saw Zouma and fellow new signing Bernard take part in their first training sessions for the club.

However, the £28.5 million Colombian missed training at Finch Farm. Fellow newbie Andre Gomes also missed the session as he is out with an injury.

Zouma was all smiles in his first session, whilst Bernard stuck by countryman Richarlison’s side for most of training.

Mina, as reported by the Daily Mail, is expected to train later this week.

Usmanov investment

Alisher Usmanov has admitted he could invest in Everton if the deal is right. The Russian billionaire has recently agreed to the sale of his stake in Arsenal to Stan Kroenke.

His company already sponsors Everton’s Finch Farm training complex and he is very close with Everton’s major shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

Speaking to Bloomberg, he admitted he was open to investing in another club, including Everton, if there is a chance of good potential return on his investment.

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Everton newbie Andre Gomes frustrated Barcelona fans in similar fashion to Morgan Schneiderlin

The Portuguese midfielder struggled at Barcelona

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Everton had a busy transfer deadline day, with three deals going over the line in the final hour on Thursday. Bernard arrived on a free transfer whilst a double raid on Barcelona saw them bring in both Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes. The former arrived at the club on a permanent deal, but Gomes is only at the club on loan until the end of the season.

It looks a great deal for Everton. The Portuguese midfielder was an expensive recruit for Barcelona in 2016. The Catalan side swooped to sign Gomes after excellent form at previous club Valencia.

But Everton fans should be warned, because Gomes has been out of form for some time.

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Gomes played just 16 games for Barcelona in La Liga last season after falling out of favour with the Ernesto Valverde and, it seems, the Barcelona fans.

The Nou Camp faithful were not exactly disappointed to see Gomes head out the exit door last week. His poor performances were not helped by his body language which, suggests a lack of effort. It is probably not true, just the way he plays the game. It is similar to the way Everton fans feel about their £22 million man Morgan Schneiderlin. They know what he can do on his best days, so when he has such a sustained period of poor form, like last season, the fans get on his back.

Gomes is extremely similar in style and will also be easy to chastise when things go wrong. Everton fans must give him the chance to improve, as Schneiderlin has in the past few months.

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