Ukraine's Shakhtar signs promising Brazilian midfielder Bernard

15:55, 08 August 2013
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Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk have finalized the transfer of the 20-year-old Brazil international Bernard from Atletico Miniero, the press service of Shakhtar said Thursday, according to Xinhua.

The Brazilian side accepted an offer of 25 million euros for the attacking midfielder to leave on a five-year contract, the press service said.

Bernard has been playing for Atletico Miniero in Brazilian Serie A since 2011, and scored 22 goals in 100 appearances.

Bernard, who had attracted interest from England's Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool, as well as from Portuguese Porto, was named among 20-players in the Brazil national squad for the friendly match against Switzerland on Aug. 14.

Bernard is seen in Shakhtar as a replacement for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who departed the Ukrainian club in the early July.

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