By Wayne Veysey

6th Sep, 2021 | 7:00am

Sources: Everton sold Bernard at £8m discount after transfer collapsed at eleventh hour

Everton sold Bernard at an £8million discount after a transfer to the Middle East collapsed at the eleventh hour, Football Insider understands.

The winger, 28, came close to joining United Arab Emirates side Al-Nasr earlier in the year and talks over a £9m fee reached an advanced stage.

But a recruitment source has told Football Insider that the Brazilian ended up joining Sharjah, another UAE outfit, for around just £1m this summer.

The Merseysiders actually made a transfer profit on the 14-times Brazil international.

He had joined on a free transfer from Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018 on a four-year contract.

Everton decided to cash in this year as Bernard was not a key first teamer and they wanted to free up space on their expensive wage bill.

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The winger was one of the first names on the teamsheet upon his arrival on Merseyside but has seen his game time decrease year-on-year.

He made 84 appearances for Everton in three seasons, including just three Premier League starts among his 18 matches last season.

Those yielded three goals and one assist, with his final club tally amounting to eight goals and seven assists.

The 5ft 3in Belo Horizonte native began his career with Atletico Mineiro, playing an integral role as the club won the prestigious Copa Libertadores in 2013.

Shakhtar have a history of signing Brazilian players and signed him for £25m.

Bernard was expected to make a bigger impact on Merseyside, as Everton had fended off stiff competition to sign him.

His departure over the summer allowed Everton to complete the signings of Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend.

In other news, Kieran Maguire makes ‘£100m’ Everton prediction after transfer news emerges via Sky.