Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has reportedly called an Everton midfield maestro over a potential transfer to the Serie A club.
The source says the call was made ‘following various talks with his agent in the past few days’.
The Brazilian has struggled for game time this season having started just two Premier League matches.
Nevertheless, he has managed to get on the scoresheet, netting in the 3-1 loss to Manchester United in November.
Goalkeeper Robin Olsen could also be part of the mooted deal.
Everton‘s Director of Football Marcel Brands, Il Tempo says, is unwilling to listen to any offers unless Olsen is included in a deal.
This, Sport Witness claims, would reduce the €12-15million (£11.5-13million) price tag the Toffees have placed on Bernard.
If Roma become uninterested in Olsen then a deal is unlikely. Il Tempo says Everton ‘aren’t doing any discounts’ while the Italian giants ‘don’t seem ready to concretise an offer’.
Roma do have alternatives if the Bernard deal goes cold, though. Former winger Stephan El Shaarawy is being touted as the back-up option.
The Italian is currently plying his trade in China with Shanghai Shenhua, who will not let him return to his former club on the cheap.
Porto’s Otavio is third on the list but Roma are primarily targeting Bernard as their main man.
Brands under fire over Rodriguez transfer
Brands has come under criticism from a Colombian club for the free transfer of James Rodriguez during the summer.
The playmaker maker started out his career at Envigado in his native country.
They were set to receive some windfall for the playmaker if he moved to Goodison Park for a fee.
However, Brands recently revealed that the former Real Madrid man came to Merseyside for nothing.
Envigado’s club president remarked: “It is true that it is free in the transfer system, but we are infinitely surprised because in addition, we knew and it is no secret that they had offers from Italian teams, who were willing to pay for his arrival.
“James is above many who today have 40 and 50 million euros for his transfer.”