Chelsea agree shock transfer for Brazil star after Aleksandr Golovin snub

Chelsea are on the verge of signing former Shakhtar Donestk winger Bernard after conceding defeat in the race to land Russian World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin, according to reports.

The Blues had been in talks with CSKA attacking midfielder Golovin over a summer switch as new boss Maurizio Sarri looks to bolster his options, but the 22-year-old has opted to join Monaco instead.

But Chelsea have moved on quickly, with Brazilian publication GloboEsporte reporting that the west London club will snap up Bernard on a free transfer.

The 25-year-old, out of contract since the end of the season, has been inundated with offers since leaving Shakhtar and is available for nothing.

GloboEsporte claim Bernard has 12 official proposals from the likes of West Ham, Leicester City, Wolfsburg and Palmeiras – but it is Chelsea who look set to win the race to sign him.

Chelsea have offered Bernard a lucrative contract which he is happy with, and the Blues are his preferred choice as he is attracted to both the club and the prospect of living in London.

He is now ready to reject all other offers and sign for Chelsea on a free transfer, where he is expected to provide cover and competition to Sarri’s existing attacking options.

Bernard is a full Brazil international, making 14 appearances for the Selecao, though was not part of their World Cup squad and has not received a call-up since their disappointing performance in the tournament on home soil four years ago.

He had an impressive campaign for Shakhtar last season – scoring 10 times in all competitions, his biggest haul since moving to Europe – while the Ukrainian side paid £22m when they signed him five years ago.