Everton beats Man Utd to sign Barca defender

Jose Verdugo
Agosto 9, 2018

The 25-year old became the club's fourth signing of the summer, the first of three (possibly four) on deadline day and in his first interview as an Everton player, the attacking midfielder explained how it was easy to choose the Toffees.

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He had previously been linked with Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal, but Bernard insisted: 'I did not need any convincing to come here'.

Valverde had made it clear that Mina's World Cup had not forced him to change his opinion on the player and with six centre-backs as well as six non-EU players at the club, Barca were always likely to sell.

Bernard told the club's official video channel: 'I chose Everton because of all the things I had heard about (manager) Marco Silva and after speaking to him I was happy with what he said to me. He has achieved really good things at other clubs. When I found out about this opportunity and what the manager wanted out of me I was happy.

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Barca have inserted a buy-back option for the Colombian worldwide, who caught the eye after a series of impressive performances at the Russia World Cup.

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Both players will undeniably strengthen Everton as they prepare for what promises to be a challenging season.

Bernard will be vying with the likes of Richarlison and Theo Walcott for a place on Everton's wings has made a vow to the Goodison Park faithful.

Moments later they also confirmed that Portugal worldwide Gomes would join the Premier League side on loan.

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