Bernard explains how easy it was to choose Everton

Action Images via Reuters  John Clifton

Action Images via Reuters John Clifton

Bernard has put pen to paper on a four-year deal with Everton, and was given visa clearance on the final day of the window to feature for his new club.

Everton beat a host of Premier League and European clubs to the signing of Bernard with the Brazilian worldwide becoming Marco Silva's fourth signing of the summer after Richarlison, Digne and Virginia.

He had previously been linked with Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal, but Bernard insisted: 'I did not need any convincing to come here'. The two player will team up again with another ex-blaugrana, Lucas Digne, who made the move to the English club at the beginning of August.

"I chose Everton because of all the things I had heard about Marco Silva and after speaking to him I was happy with what he said to me", Bernard told Everton TV.

"Everton is a club with a great structure and a lot of tradition". Both the club and the player agreed earlier this summer that a fresh start was needed.

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I hope to fulfil that here. "I've played for a lot of teams and now I'm arriving at the best in the world". He will balance the midfield, not only on the defensive end but also because he scores goals".

Many Barca fans were against Gomes' signing even before he joined after a somewhat underwhelming second campaign at Valencia, and he has never been able to rediscover his best form at Camp Nou.

Bernard will be vying with the likes of Richarlison and Theo Walcott for a place on Everton's wings has made a vow to the Goodison Park faithful.

Colombian centre-back Mina will join in a deal worth €30.25 million with another €1.5 in potential add-ons, Barcelona said.

Everton coach Marco Silva finally convinced Gomes to join and he has had his medical for the Premier League side in Barcelona.

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