Arsenal in Italian battle for highly-rated Brazilian

Roma are stepping up their interests in young Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Bernard, who is also wanted by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

The 21-year-old Brazilian was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal in the summer, but instead made the move to the Ukranian giants from his previous club Atletico Mineiro.

But with much political unrest in Ukraine at the moment, a number of the league’s big-name players are being linked with moves away.

And although Bernard is seemingly happy, Roma are looking to beat off Arsenal and pounce for the highly-talented young man, according to SportsDirectNews

The Italian giants lost key attacking players such as Pablo Osvaldo and Erik Lamela last summer, and are keen to bring in replacements in the attacking midfield positions in particular.

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