Shakhtar Donetsk have completed the signing Bernard from Atletico Miniero for £21.5 million.
The Brazil international, full name, Bernard Anício Caldeira Duarte, has been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hostpur this summer but has become the latest of an influx of South American’s to make big money moves to Ukraine.
The highly rated 20-year-old winger has joined fellow Brazilians Douglas Costa, Luiz Adriano and Fred at the Ukrainian champions and is seen as the perfect replacement for another, Willian, who joined Anzhi Makhachkala in January. Shakhtar have lost midfielder Fernandinho to Manchester City and Armenia forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Borussia Dortmund this summer so certainly have a fair amount of money to spend.
Bernard made 100 appearances for Atletico Miniero over a three year period, scoring 22 goals along the way and has made five appearances for the Brazilian national team. He has signed a five year deal and will wear the number ten shirt next season.