Brighton & Hove Albion defender Bernardo is set to leave the club during this transfer window.
According to The Athletic’s Andy Naylor, Bernardo is in line for a return to Red Bull Salzburg. The deal would be a loan for the rest of the season.
Bernardo has been used sparingly by Graham Potter this season.
Bernardo Set For Brighton Exit
Defender has Played Just 206 Minutes of Premier League Football This Season
The 25-year-old Brazilian full-back has been on the fringes of the first team since Graham Potter became manager in 2019. He has made just 17 Premier League appearances since the managerial change, with just 206 minutes of football coming from three outings this season.
His only starts this season came in Brighton’s recent defeats to Arsenal and Manchester City. Those consecutive defeats have left the Seagulls just two points clear of the relegation zone.
His time on the south coast appears to be over with a move to his former club a viable option. RB Salzburg are exploring the possibility of re-signing the defender. It would be a straight loan for the rest of the season.
Bernardo has struggled to make an impact since Graham Potter changed to a back three setup. Dan Burn, Solly March and Steven Alzate have been preferred in the left wing-back role.
His two-and-half years at Brighton have brought Premier League stability but a sustained lack of game time. An exit from the Seagulls appears a move that suits all parties involved.
As Well as Bernardo, Warren O’Hora is Also Set to Leave Brighton
With Bernardo set to depart, young defender Warren O’Hora is also set to leave. The defender, who has captained Brighton’s U23 side, will complete a permanent move to Milton Keynes Dons, according to Naylor.
O’Hora has been on loan at Stadium MK this season but it appears the two clubs are to agree a permanent deal. The Republic of Ireland youngster has impressed Dons manager Russell Martin making 14 appearances in League One.