Liverpool and Arsenal are among the clubs fighting to sign Shakhtar Donetsk star Bernard, according to claims from Italy.

The Brazil international has 14 caps but is leaving Shakhtar on a free this summer.

And the tricky winger is attracting attention from England with Italian-based journalist Andersinho Marques claiming both Liverpool and Arsenal are keen.

There is also interest from China in the 25-year-old.

He scored three goals in the Champions League last season as Shakhtar were knocked out in the last 16 by Roma.

One of those goals came in the 2-1 win over Manchester City and he grabbed a double against Feyenoord.

Both Liverpool and Arsenal are expected to spend this summer with Unai Emery replacing Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp looking to build on reaching the Champions League final.

Nabil Fekir is Liverpool’s first choice but they face a battle from Bayern Munich.

Bernard may be another option should Klopp miss out on the Lyon star, while Arsenal’s transfer business will be mainly undertaken by Sven Mislintat.

Arsenal have a limited budget after missing out on the Champions League again and will need to sell to increase their kitty.

Source: Daily Express

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