Bernard’s move from Everton to the Middle East has fallen through at the eleventh hour, Football Insider understands.
Negotiations had reached an advanced stage for the 28-year-old winger to join UAE side Al-Nasr, with a fee of around £9million discussed.
But a recruitment source has told Football Insider that the Brazillian will remain at Goodison and that Everton will therefore not be signing Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic as a replacement.
Carlo Ancelotti had lined up the Croatian World Cup finalist with a view to securing a deal before tonight’s 11 pm deadline.
But with Bernard still on the wage bill, a move for the explosive Inter Milan winger is now out of the question.
Everton signed 14-time Brazil international Bernard on a free transfer in 2018.
He put pen to paper on a four-year deal after his previous contract with Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk expired.
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.
In 2020-21, Bernard has started just twice in the Premier League as well as making a further two substitute appearances for Ancelotti’s side.
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.
Bernard scored four goals on route to the final and European clubs quickly took notice.
Shakhtar have a history of signing Brazilian players and snapped up the diminutive ace for £25m.
After 157 appearances and nine titles in Ukraine, he arrived at Goodison on a wave of optimism.
But Everton have one of the highest wages-to-turnover ratios in the Premier League and will now be disappointed not to have got Bernard off the bill this January.