Darren Bent has backed Everton to sell Bernard for a seven-figure fee this month – if the money is reinvested into the squad.
The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes the Toffees could afford to let the Brazilian attacker leave so long as the money received goes towards bringing other players to Goodison Park.
As reported by the Telegraph, Everton have slapped a £9million price tag on the head of the 28-year-old winger amid interest from UAE outfit Al Nasr.
The Brazilian, who joined on a free transfer after leaving Shakhtar Donetsk back in 2018, has played a fringe role for the Toffees this season, with just two stars in six Premier League appearances.
Bent has admitted Bernard seems surplus to requirements at Goodison and suggested his departure could lead to a new arrival on Merseyside.
Bent told Football Insider: “He doesn’t really play, he hasn’t really played too much, he tends to spend a lot of time on the bench and there are other players who play.
“In that regard I’d probably say yeah, try and get the money some money in now for him and then try and reinvest that in getting some other players in, maybe ones that you feel could add a little bit more to the squad.
“We’ve seen at times he can be very good, but also at times he flatters to deceive a little bit. So yeah, I’m all for getting that money for him and then reinvesting it into the squad somewhere else.”
Bernard has played a total of 76 times across all competitions for Everton, with seven goals and seven assists to his name.
A versatile winger who can operate on either flank, he has had the likes of Richarlison, Alex Iwobi, Anthony Gordon and even Lucas Digne for competition this term.