Bernard father hits out at Atletico Mineiro board over Shakhtar Donetsk bid

Delio Duarte is keen for his son to move to Portuguese champions Porto and points the finger at the Brazilian club’s president for using the youngster like “a puppet”

Atletico Mineiro are forcing Bernard to move to Shakhtar Donetsk against his will in order to make more money, according to the player’s father.

Delio Duarte has previously declared that his son, the 20-year-old Brazil international, has set his heart on a move to Porto after being convinced by compatriot Hulk.

Atletico president Alexandre Kalil revealed on Tuesday that he has accepted a bid from Shakhtar and that the Ukrainian side are the only club to have made an appproach that meets their demands.

Duarte, however, has accused him of ignoring what his son wants and treating him like a puppet.

“I think Atletico Mineiro should respect his wishes,” he told Maisfutebol.

“I understand Atletico want more money but the player cannot be a puppet. He gave so much to the club, he wants to go to Porto, they should try to reach an agreement.

“He is very focused on the World Cup. I think that, if he goes to Ukraine, he will lose ground. He doesn’t even consider this possibility. Portugal is different.

“[Brazil coach Luiz Felipe] Scolari is very fond of Portuguese football and always watches. For him, playing in Portugal would be as or more important than staying here.”

Bernard has repeatedly stated that he will not rush his decision and wants to move to a club where he will be able to play his way into the Brazil squad for next summer’s World Cup.

Official: Porto complete Sinan deal

The Portuguese giants have officially confirmed the arrival of the former Standard Liege stopper, who has joined the Lisbon-based club on a free transfer

Porto have announced the signing of Turkey goalkeeper Sinan Bolat on a five-year deal.

The 24-year-old, who was released by Standard Liege this summer, has spent time with the Portuguese champions on a trial basis in recent weeks.

And the former Genk stopper will remain at the Estadio do Dragao for the next five years after signing a deal which will keep him at the club until 2018.

Bolat, who holds both Belgian and Turkish citizenship, has the distinction of being the first goalkeeper to score a Champions League goal during open-play after netting in the dying stages of Standard Liege’s group game clash with AZ Alkmaar in 2009.

The Turkey international spent much of last season on the sidelines with a cruciate ligament injury, but managed 19 clean sheets from 52 appearances for the Belgian giants throughout the 2011/12 campaign.

Atletico Mineiro accept Shakhtar Donetsk's Bernard bid

The sought-after 20-year-old has an offer on the table from the Ukrainian champions, but the expectation in Brazil is that a move to Porto could be completed in the coming days

Atletico Mineiro have accepted an offer from Shakhtar Donetsk for Bernard, according to the Brazilian club’s president.

However, Bernard appears closer to a move to Porto, with his father having revealed that compatriot Hulk has convinced him to move to Portugal, while his agent wants the same and has branded a move to Arsenal “risky”.

Rumours in Brazil on Tuesday have indicated that a transfer to the Portuguese champions could be finalised on Friday, but Atletico chief Alexandre Kalil has revealed that, so far, only Shakhtar have submitted an offer that matches the club’s asking price of €25 million.

“Things are very advanced, [Wednesday] will probably be his last game [for the club],” he told reporters. “The team is Shakhtar. They offered the value we want. If Bernard wants, he will go.

“If he does not want to go to Ukraine, that’s no problem. It’s in his hands. I have talked with him. It’s a private matter. If he does not want to go, we will not force him.”

The 20-year-old has also confirmed that he is considering the offer, but that he is yet to decide if it will be right move for him ahead of next summer’s World Cup.

“I don’t know if it will be best for me, I’m talking with my family,” he was reported as saying by Lancenet. “But nothing is certain yet. I had a meeting with the president and he told me what Shakhtar offered him and myself. It is between Porto and Shakhtar.”

Bernard, who has been named in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s squad to face Switzerland on August 14, had himself suggested in a press conference on Monday that Wednesday’s Brazilian league match against Atletico Paranese would be his final appearance for the Belo Horizonte side.

The attacker also said that he hopes the saga that has surrounded his future is soon brought to a close, but hopes to stay with the Copa Libertadores winners until after December’s Club World Cup campaign.

“I want to resolve it quickly, if go or stay, because this story is already boring,” he told reporters. “I want to stay [to compete in the Club World Cup], I made it clear I did not want to go before the end of the year.

“If I have the opportunity to sign and go after the Club World Cup that would be very important. I want to have the chance to win it for Atletico.”

Bernard, who had attracted interest from Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool, wants his next club to provide him with the opportunity to play in the World Cup.

“I’ve been studying the possibilities and proposals that have been put forward to Atletico and to me,” he added. “We are looking and talking, seeing what is best for us.

“I want to be at a club that gives me visibility. I said I want to be at the World Cup and my chances grow by being at a club with good visibility. I want to be playing, regardless of where it is, but I want to be happy.”

The suggestion in the Brazilian media, fuelled by talk from Bernard’s agent and his father, is that Porto would be a better option for the player given the failure of Willian and Fernandinho to make the Brazil squad on a regular basis while playing in Ukraine.

Milan not giving up on Honda's summer arrival

The Serie A giants are hopeful there is still an outside chance they could sign the Japan international before the end of the current transfer window

AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani believes the club’s pursuit of CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda could take another twist by revealing he could still join the Rossoneri this summer.

The Japan international, whose contract in the Russian capital expires in December, has repeatedly been linked with a move to San Siro in recent months, with both clubs previously reported to be nearing a deal for the player.

However, the proposed switch was thrown into some doubt recently after the club’s president, Yevgeni Giner, claimed the 27-year-old could be held for the remainder of his existing deal.

But Galliani says he is still hopeful an agreement can be reached before the end of the transfer window.

He told reporters: “There might still be an outside chance that Honda could join us.

“Over the next few days there could be the opportunity to hold a meeting with CSKA Moscow directors.”

Honda has netted 19 times in 78 appearances for the capital club since arriving from VVV Venlo in 2009.

'David Luiz won't come to Munich' – Guardiola rules out Bayern move for Chelsea star

The 42-year-old has denied the Champions League holders are set to launch a big-money bid for the defender, who continues to be linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has ruled out a possible move for Chelsea defender David Luiz.

The Brazil international has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer, with Bayern and Guardiola’s former side Barcelona both mooted as potential suitors.

However, Guardiola has insisted he is happy with his existing defensive options and that there are no plans for the current Champions League winners to make a move for Luiz.

“David Luiz won’t come to Munich. I have four, five central defenders, and I am happy with them,” Guardiola told reporters ahead of the Audi Cup.

Bayern head in to the pre-season Audi Cup tournament which also includes Manchester City, AC Milan and Sao Paulo, on the back of a 4-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund in the Supercup.

And Guardiola has highlighted the importance of the returning Franck Ribery after he missed Saturday’s defeat, and gave an update on the availability of a number of key players ahead of their match against Sao Paulo.

He continued: “There are no excuses for that defeat. We recognized how difficult it is, if you always want to win. Franck is an important player, it did hurt us that he could not play.

“Dante, [Javi] Martinez and [Luiz] Gustavo are ready for tomorrow. I don’t know how long they will play, though. Mario [Gotze] will train with the team on Friday.

“Bastian [Schweinsteiger] is an unbelievable player. He has a lot of experience, but he is not completely fit right now. He needs a little more time. He says so, and so do the doctors. I am not sure yet if I will play with one or two defensive midfielders.

“Thiago is fit, and I have to work with the players who are fit right now. We have a big squad, everyone wants to play. We will see.”