Juan Bernat set to join Benfica on loan

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Juan Bernat is set to make a move to Portugal and join Benfica. With his future at PSG in doubt due to the stiff competition he'd be facing after the arrival of Lucas Hernandez and the development of Nuno Mendes, Bernat has decided to move on.

Upon his arrival at PSG in 2018, Juan Bernat quickly established himself as a regular starter. He notably scored crucial goals in pivotal Champions League matches. However, the Spanish left-back, now 30 years old, was plagued by injuries that forced him to miss a significant number of games, including the entire 2020-21 season.

In 2021, the arrival of Nuno Mendes started to put an end to Bernat's tenure at PSG, and the signing of Lucas Hernandez this summer simply sealed his fate.

Even though Mendes is currently sidelined due to injury, Hernandez is expected to keep starting games at the left-back position while others will back him up until the return of the young Portugal international.

In search of playing time, Juan Bernat is expected to depart PSG before the transfer window closes at midnight on Sept. 1.

According to reports from L'Equipe, he is in negotiations with Benfica for a potential loan deal. Bernat still has two years left on his contract at PSG. Although there were other options, it seems likely that he will join the reigning Portuguese champions.

Football insider Fabrizio Romano also confirmed on Friday Benfica's strong interest in Juan Bernat and suggests that an agreement for the Spanish international's loan move is imminent, with final details expected to be worked out later today.

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