This summer has been all talk and no walk from Arsenal with the club still failing to sign any players despite having an extensive budget to spend.
However, there are now reports emerging that The Gunners could be about to sign promising winger Bernard from Atletico Mineiro by the end of the week.
The Brazilian has impressed many people in the football world over the past year and a deal is thought to be close to being sealed.
If negotiations are settled over the next few days, then the player could be in London having a medical as early as Friday.
Arsenal have sold many of their fringe players so far during the summer break in a bid to try and lure new talent to the squad and Bernard is thought to be a player that could help improve the team’s offensive abilities.
Unlike other transfer targets this summer, Arsene Wenger has moved to dismiss any rumours about potentially signing Bernard within the near future. This was underlined at the clubs post-march conference in yesterday’s victory over Nagoya Grampus where he stated “that report is not true”
Despite the denials, it’s not hard to see why many people are raving about the player who has been widely regarded as one of the hottest talents in Brazil.
Last season, Bernard impressed many in the Brasileiro where he scored 11 goals in 36 games for Atletico Mineiro and helping them to 2nd place in the final standings.
Alongside that, the winger has also managed to breakthrough into the Selecao having earned 5 caps for his country since debuting last year against Argentina.
Bernard’s rise through Brazil and to fame mimics will be familiar to Arsenal fans with club favourite Gilberto Silva starting off at the club little over a decade ago.
Just like then, Bernard has been attracting a lot of interest from several European clubs including Spartak Moscow who had a £9.8m bid rejected back in January this year.
For Arsenal, signing Bernard would be a relief with the club coming under pressure to sign a big name player with moves for the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney all failing to materialise so far.
It means that The Gunners will really need to complete a Bernard-like deal within the next week or so if the club are going to remain competitive over the next 12 months.