On deadline day we covered claims from Italy of a possible Everton exit for Bernard.
AS Roma were said to be making an attempt for the Brazilian, and a permanent transfer was valued at around €7m. Whilst a modest amount, that would have been all profit for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, considering they signed the player on a free transfer.
They would also have been able to offload his not inconsiderable wages.
Back in April, it was reported in Italy that Bernard was having difficulties under Ancelotti and Roma were linked also at that stage. Interestingly, the estimated transfer fee was then put at €18-20m, which would have represented a big triumph for the Toffees.
Regardless, Bernard remains an Everton player so now he’ll have to fight his way into Ancelotti’s plans, whilst perhaps having an eye on the January market.
Speaking to LaRoma24, the player’s agent Adriano Spadoto, was asked why Bernard hadn’t signed for Roma this week, and he replied: “We tried to convince Everton to let him go, but the English club did not agree. Not even on loan.”
Asked if there could be another effort in the winter market, the agent said: “I think so, the player could be sold outright for around €7m.”
That gives a pretty big hint over where the €7m figure is coming from.