Arsenal couldn’t afford to sign me last summer, claims Bernard

Brazil international Bernard claims Arsenal could have signed him last summer but couldn't afford his fee

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger Photo: Arsenal FC

Bernard has claimed that Arsenal were unable to cough up the fee to secure his signing from Atletico Mineiro last summer.

The Brazil international was linked with the Gunners and their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur before opting to join Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk in a £20m deal.

The 21-year-old, who has been capped 10 times by Brazil, has enjoyed a promising first season in Donetsk after scoring two goals in 25 appearances in all competitions.

“We had offers from Tottenham and, according to my Atletico president, Arsenal were interested too – but they didn’t have the money,” Bernard told Four Four Two.

“All of it happened in a moment in which Europe was facing a serious financial crisis, so while there was interest from various teams, the only one able to pay straight away was Shakhtar.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spent a club-record £42.5m to bring Mesut Ozil to The Emirates from Real Madrid on the final day of the summer transfer window.

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