Everton want just £9million for Bernard — no way near enough, according to Michael Brown.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League star was reacting to news that Everton are willing to leave the Brazilian ace leave the club at a cut-price amid interest from UAE side Al Nasr, as per The Sun.
Bernard arrived at Goodison Park in 2018 on a wave of optimism, with Everton beating the likes of Chelsea, Milan and Tottenham to his signature.
But after featuring prominently in his first two campaigns, he has fallen well down the pecking order in 2020-21, starting just two matches in the league.
Although the 28-year-old might not be part of Carlo Ancelotti’s plans, Brown believes Everton would be wiser to wait until the summer when they might be able to recoup a more respectable fee before sanctioning his sale.
Asked about the figure Everton were quoting for the 14-time Brazil international, he told Football Insider: “How much? I’m not so sure about that number, it doesn’t seem a huge amount of money, does it? In the present market, you’d expect it to be a little bit more money than that.
“With no real cover, I wouldn’t say it would be one they’re rushing to do. Possibly at the end of the season, though. January’s always difficult in terms of teams’ budgets.”
Everton director of football Marcel Brands has said the club’s focus this January is on offloading players as the club looks to trim their bloated wage bill — their wages to turnover ratio was 85% according to figures published in the summer.
Like Bernard, Muhamed Besic and Yannick Bolasie are both thought to be high-earners linked with moves away from Goodison.