Everton have beaten the clock to sign Bernard from Shakhtar Donetsk

Everton have beaten the clock to sign Bernard from Shakhtar Donetsk

But I was also convinced Everton could improve me and that I would be able to show my best as a player here'.

He becomes the second Brazilian attacker to have arrived at Goodison Park in the last couple of weeks, after the earlier signing of Richarlison from Watford. They also recruited Manchester United's young Dutch defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah on loan.

And now he could be joined by another Brazilian in Bernard.

Yerry Mina joined from Barcelona in a deal believed to be worth around £28 million, whilst Everton also completed the signing of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea on a season-long loan deal.

But perhaps the deal fans will be most pleased with is the signing of free agent Bernard, who was out of contract with Ukraine outfit Shakhtar Donetsk.

The versatile midfielder started just six La Liga matches for Ernesto Valverde's side last season. "We needed to bring in new centre-backs after Mori and Williams left". "He is an important player for us, he is a good player with good talent", Silva said. At the moment they are our players.

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Everton had been willing to listen to offers for Congolese global Bolasie, while Martina has been training with the reserves as he looks to force a £2m move away from Goodison Park.

Former Arsenal forward Alan Smith has backed Richarlison to impress for Everton in the coming season.

Speaking on Sky Sports News, he said: "I am sure Marco Silva will be very pleased with the work he has been able to get through during the transfer window since he turned up at Goodison".

Everton will open their 2018-19 Premier League campaign against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon.

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