Late yesterday evening Brighton and Hove Albion confirmed the signing of Brazilian full-back Bernardo Fernandes da Silva Junior.
The 23-year-old heads in for an undisclosed fee and he has signed a four-year deal at the Amex after agreement was struck on a deal with Red Bull Leipzig.
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Becoming manager Chris Hughton’s fourth addition of the summer, the gaffer was obviously delighted with his business so far, telling the Official Site.
“We’re delighted to welcome Bernardo to the club. He is a strong, committed defender who can play on the left or right, and so his versatility gives us good options at the back. For a young player he already has good experience, having played in the Bundesliga, the Champions League and the Europa League. He is a good character and speaks numerous languages, and I’m sure he will fit in well with the rest of the squad.”
The versatile defender was born in Sao Paulo and began his career with Audax Sao Paulo before clinching a move to Red Bull Brasil back in 2012. Given his continued development with them, RB Salzburg came in for him at the start of 2016 and he made 13 appearances for them as he adjusted to the Austrian league – they successfully defended their title that year.
That summer he progressed to Red Bull’s German arm, moving to Leipzig where he made 49 appearances across two seasons in the Bundesliga – including three appearances in the Champions League and five in the Europa League.
The player described the move as being ‘perfect’ for him as he continues to develop his game and he’s obviously very familiar with the Premier League given broadcasting deals across the planet. Whilst predominantly a left-back, but comfortable on the right, he has also played at centre-half and even in midfield, so he certainly gives Hughton options moving forward.
Whether this sees interest cool in Reading’s Liam Moore remains to be seen, but it’s possible given the fee they were asking for given he can fulfil the role.