Arsenal is looking to end its trophy drought and building a young core could help the Gunners reach their goal.
Arsenal has emerged as one of many suitors of the 20-year-old Brazil International, according to John Drayton of Daily Mail. It seemed like the deal was as good as done a couple of weeks ago, although recent news is that Bernard's teammate Hulk has been trying to sway Bernard towards Porto.
Politicking aside, Bernard would be a good fit for the Gunners. Not only is he a competent goal-scorer, he's got great field vision and can facilitate too. And he's not even close to reaching his fullest potential yet.
Arsenal may go even younger than Bernard. Metro's Daniel Jones reports that the Gunners are also interested in 19-year-old Matthias Ginter of Freiburg.
Ross Dunbar of Mirror avers that "Ginter would be a really smart investment for Arsenal and he has been immersed in a background that would ease the transition to London," noting his "sound technical ability."
While he does actually have potential as a striker, he's focused in on defense and midfielder duties for the time being. Given his versatility and his youth, Arsenal would be wise to move on Ginter now before other clubs start upping the ante.
Although Adam Crafton of Daily Mail stated quite bluntly that "Rooney is a winner. Arsenal don't win very much," what's not to say that acquiring Rooney would push the Gunners in that direction?
Rooney is one of the better finishers in the game and is less of a basket case than Suarez. Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla currently share the load pretty evenly in terms of scoring duties and so the dynamic would shift significantly with a Rooney signing. However, Rooney is more capable of putting on a facilitator hat than Suarez is even if it's not his main strength.