Everton are set to sign Brazilian attacker Bernard on a free transfer this summer. The 14-cap international left Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer looking for a move to a more competitive league. Now it appears Marco Silva has convinced the diminutive talent that a move to Everton is the best for his career.
The Toffees are not the only team that have pursued his signature this summer. According to a report in the Guardian, Tottenham Hotspur were also keen on the player.
The report suggests Spurs were keen but balked at his £200,000-a-week wage demands. It is easy for Spurs fans to feel frustrated at this decision. Once again, Daniel Levy’s frugality has perhaps cost Tottenham a star.
However, on this occasion, Tottenham have made the right call.
Bernard is a brilliant footballer but at £200,000 he would have gone straight in as one of Tottenham’s highest paid players.
It would have caused mass disparity in the paychecks at Tottenham. Imagine a player who has never played in one of European football’s top leagues coming in and getting paid more than Christian Eriksen?
It would have been a complete meltdown of the Tottenham structure. The queue of agents wanting more money for their clients would have been as long as the wait for Tottenham’s new stadium.
If Bernard had bags of Premier League experience under his belt and maybe 50-plus caps for Brazil, it would be a different story.
But the fact is, he is even behind Lucas Moura in the pecking order for his nation.
Paying him such extortionate wages would have been a big mistake from Tottenham Hotspur. On this occasion, Levy has made the smart choice.