Ben Jefferson from Express dived in for a quick pint at the Football Transfer Transfer this weekend and revealed that Arsenal transfer target Bernard wants to join FC Porto this summer.
The news come from the 20-year-old Brazil star’s father who has admitted that the youngster favours a move to Portugal rather than England. The midfielder has been in outstanding form for his club side Atletico Minerio helping them to the Copa Libertadores title earlier this summer.
This has brought about interest from a host of European clubs but the Bernard’s dad Duarte has now revealed that both Porto and Arsenal have have shown interest in the player.
‘Nothing is decided yet, but we know there is an interest from Arsenal,’ Duarte told the Brazilian media.
‘There has been nothing official from them.’
Arsene Wenger reportedly had scouts at both legs of the Copa Libertadores final but any future to North London could depend on the club being able to offload Ivorian striker Gervinho who is continuing talks with Roma.
However, Duarte has now conceded that he would rather his son moves to Porto rather than Arsenal.
He added: “Porto would be a better move for his career,”
“It would be a dream of mine to see him playing for them.”
And according to his father, Bernard has been heavily influenced by good friend and ex-Porto striker Hulk who impressed with the Portuguese outfit before his switch to Zenit St Petersburg last summer.
“Bernard is a good friend of Hulk and they have talked a lot during their time together in the national team,” Duarte said.
“Hulk has spoken very well of Porto and is convinced that it would be the right move at this stage of Bernard’s career.”