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Chelsea are not prepared to let Bernard sign for AC Milan without putting up a fight.

The Brazilian is available on a free transfer after deciding against extending his deal with Shakhtar Donetsk.

It’s rare that a player of his quality can be acquired without paying a penny, so the amount of interest in signing him comes as no surprise.

Milan are thought to be the frontrunners to sign him, but until he signs along the dotted line, Chelsea will have hope that they can get the deal done.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Bernard has had his head turned by interest from Milan, but Chelsea are not giving up.

We’re thought to have called upon Kia Joorabchian to help convince Bernard that a move to West London would be the best next step for his career.

As the report notes, Joorabchian has helped Chelsea complete deals to sign several other Brazilians in the past. The club will be hoping he can do the same with Bernard.

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