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Bernard, once highly-touted during a successful period with Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk, never got going during his time at Goodison Park after arriving at the club on a free transfer back in 2018.
All told, the Atlético Mineiro youth product only scored 8-goals and registered a further 7-assists for Everton across a combined 84-appearances in three seasons. With Benítez in and looking to restructure the team in line with his image, it was always expected for Bernard to rapidly head for the exit sign. The Brazilian was close to completing a move away from the club in January to another UAE club in Al-Nasr but negotiations collapsed before anything could be finalized.
Bernard will now link up with his new teammates in a competition that has formerly featured the likes of Asamoah Gyan, Marcus Berg, and Mirko Vučinić.
BREAKING: Demarai Gray has sealed a move to Everton from Bayer Leverkusen for an undisclosed fee after agreeing a three-year contract until the end of June 2024 with the option for a fourth year.
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Everton has already begun to bring in wide players at the Spaniard’s request this summer, with the club sealing deals for both Andros Townsend on a free deal, and Demarai Gray for just 2-million Euro in the past 48-hours.
With England international Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Brazilian sparkplug Richarlison remaining as the main goalscorers at the club, Benítez has done well to target wide areas as a focal point for necessary upgrades this summer as the club looked for value in the market that comes with the requisite end product to keep the supply lines open to the forward pair.
Townsend’s experience in the Premier League and ability on his day should prove a valuable asset to Benítez, with Gray still looking to hit the heights so many expected him to reach during his breakthrough years at Birmingham City that earned him a move to Leicester City in 2016.
Everton remains interested in further deals in the market, particularly for Napoli center-back Kalidou Koulibaly.