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Report: Everton ace wants ‘change of scenery’, Toffees slap £17.5m price tag on him

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Report: Everton ace wants ‘change of scenery’, Toffees slap £17.5m price tag on him

Everton winger Bernard could be departing Goodison Park this summer amid reports that the Toffees are in talks with Italian side Roma over a possible switch.

The 27-year-old joined Everton in 2018 on a free transfer after leaving Shakhtar Donetsk upon expiry of his contract at the Ukrainian side.

Bernard was a regular in the Everton starting XI under Marco Silva but has become more of a peripheral figure following Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival at Goodison Park.

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He has started just four Premier League games since Ancelotti’s Everton tenure began and has been subbed off at half time not once but twice.

Calciomercato has claimed that Bernard is “having difficulties” with Ancelotti and wants a “change of scenery”.

The report adds that Bernard has the “desire” to work with Roma boss Paulo Fonseca again, the two having won Ukrainian doubles at Shakhtar Donetsk between 2016 and 2018.

 

In addition, Everton reportedly value the Selecao man up to €20million (around £17.5million).

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While Bernard has been a great servant for Everton, he has lost his place in the starting line-up under Ancelotti and his future at Goodison Park now looks a lot more uncertain.

With Theo Walcott also believed to be in line for an exit (The Mirror, 29 March, page 47), it appears as though the Italian manager is eager to shake things up rather swiftly ahead of next season.

Bernard is nonetheless a talented player and, having snapped him up on a free transfer, the reported £17.5million Everton could get for him looks like good business.

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