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Everton star Bernard available for just £9m amid Dubai transfer interest so Ancelotti can free up cash for new players

EVERTON are prepared to let Brazilian winger Bernard leave for £9million as Carlo Ancelotti looks to free up money for transfer business in the January window.

It comes after United Arab Emirates club Al Nasr declared their interest in tempting the 28-year-old away from Goodison Park.

Bernard arrived on Merseyside on a free transfer from Ukranian side Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018, but Everton are said to be holding out for the £9m price tag they have placed on him, according to The Telegraph.

Speaking earlier this month about Bernard's future at the club, Ancelotti said: "If some player is not happy to stay and wants to leave, we are open to talk to them.

"But at the moment no players have asked to leave."

Bernard has made ten appearances for the Toffees so far this season, scoring twice and assisting another.

But the arrival of forward players such as James Rodriguez and upturn in form of striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin have left the South American with a regular spot on the sidelines.

And Bernard is not the only Everton player the club is looking to erase from their wage bill this month.

Muhamed Besic and ex-Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie are also squad players that Ancelotti's side are hoping they can offload to make room for some fresh faces.

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Among the players Everton are closing in on signing is Bayern Munich teenager Joshua Zirkzee on loan as the Toffees look to secure a back-up striker to Calvert-Lewin.

Everton are on an impressive run of form having won five of their last six Premier League matches.

They currently sit sixth in the table, two points off the top four but with a game in hand on all of their rivals.

James Rodriguez scores overhead kick in Everton training

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