Bernard reveals why he rejected Blues for Everton

Bernard reveals why he rejected Blues for Everton

Bernard, 25, left Shakhtar Donetsk when his contract expired and had been linked to a host of European clubs.

It was also a good day for Leicester City, who, not only managed to keep hold of Harry Maguire amid reported interest from United, but also brought in the well-regarded young defender Caglar Soyuncu from Freiburg, tied Jamie Vardy down to a new deal and signed Croatia Under-21 global Filip Benkovic.

Portugal worldwide Gomes endured even greater struggles at LaLiga's champions and has found an escape route in the shape of a season-long loan at Goodison Park, which will cost the Toffees €2.25million.

Manchester United and Lyon had both tracked Colombia global Mina, who signed a five-year deal after Barca sanctioned his £27.2 million sale. The France worldwide, who spent last season on loan at Stoke City, had also been linked with Old Trafford but was in line to become Everton's fourth recruit of the day after paperwork was submitted moments before the 5pm deadline.

Upon joining Everton, Mina told evertontv, "It is important that the club want to fight for something".

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Everton will open their 2018-19 Premier League campaign against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon. But I was also convinced Everton could improve me and that I would be able to show my best as a player here'.

'That's really why I made the choice - because of the confidence both the manager and the club showed in me'. "This is a great opportunity for me", said Mina.

"I did not need any convincing to come here".

Everton and Barcelona discussed fees all day on Thursday and in the end they agreed a price of 30.2 million fixed plus 1.5 in variables for the defender, with the Catalans holding a buy-back option for the future that will rise to 60 million euros.

'I know about Everton's players and I look forward to being able to play with my new team.

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