Arsenal fans are finally looking pleased here in the Football Transfer Tavern today as it is claimed by the Daily Mail that the club are closing in on a bid for Bernard.
Of course as one of our punters quips, when Arsenal are said to be close to making a summer signing it does not mean that they will – fans this summer have thought that not only would goalkeeper Julio Cesar be making a move to the Emirates, but also forwards Gonzalo Higuain and Stevan Jovetic, but have since seen the players make moves elsewhere. Now fans are determined not to get too excited, fully aware that this could be yet another move that Arsene Wenger fails to make.
Bernard has impressed the Gunners a huge deal with his performances in the Copa Libertadores and they are now willing to sanction a £20 million bid for him. Given they have a reported £70 million summer kitty, that is not the big money bid it would have once seemed for Wenger yet fans are making the point that should they land Bernard and also have to up their bid for Luis Suarez, they would be left with very little money to do anything else this summer.
Wenger has of course promised his fans and indeed players a big signing this summer and quite if Bernard is that remains to be seen, but as one fan points out, the boy looks like an exciting player and could be what Wenger needs to get the ball rolling.