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Wenger dismisses Bernard Arsenal links

ESPN staff
July 22, 2013
Bernard had been linked with a move to Tottenham © Getty Images

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has played down links to Atletico Mineiro's Bernard - despite French media reporting the Gunners are closing in on the highly rated attacking midfielder.

Citing Brazilian sources, lequipe.fr claims the 20-year-old Brazilian is set to sign a five-year contract worth an annual €3 million after tax with the Gunners.

He is expected to jet in to England on Thursday to complete the move following the return leg of the Copa Libertadores final against Paraguayan side Olimpia Asuncion in Belo Horizonte on Wednesday evening.

However, speaking after Arsenal's 3-1 win over Nagoya Grampus on Monday, Wenger told the Mirror : "That report is not true".

Earlier this month, the player himself confirmed his club had received five offers for him while Tottenham Hotspur, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Dortmund have all been linked to him.

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