Blues close to signing Brazil worldwide Bernard on free transfer

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Everton have agreed a deal for Bernard, the winger who was a free agent after he left Shakhtar Donetsk last season.

Chelsea have reportedly made a last-minute offer to try and hijack the deal that will see Bernard join Everton.

Everton have already signed Richarlison from Everton this summer, and Bernard will have to compete with him, as well as Theo Walcott and Gylfi Sigurdsson for a place in the starting line up.

Last week, AC Milan thought they were set to sign him, only for West Ham to enter the running, before Everton then entered the negotiations on Sunday night.

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The winger, 25, is expected to finalise his move to Merseyside, subject to a work permit, on Tuesday as Marco Silva continues to shape his squad.

Bernard - who has 14 Brazil caps - began his career in his homeland with Atletico Mineiro, before Shaktar signed him on five-year deal in the summer of 2013 for £40m.

He missed this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation, having suffered a shoulder injury at the end of last season.