Danjuma set to leave Cherries

Reports from Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano have revealed that Bournemouth winger Arnaut Danjuma will leave the south coast club for Villareal in a deal worth £20 million.

The Dutch forward has been keen to leave the Dorset club in search of European football after an impressive break-out season last year at Vitality Stadium and is believed to have joined the Spanish outfit until 2026.

With 17 goals in 35 appearances fro the Cherries last season, Danjuma was the club’s leading goal scorer and speculation over the Dutch international’s future had been circulating all summer.

It now appears that the forward is set to join Spanish side Villareal who finished seventh in last season’s La Liga but qualified for the Champions League after beating Manchester United in the Europa League final in May.

Earlier this week Bournemouth head coach Scott Parker had said he was still “unsure” if the forward would stay at the club and revealed Villareal had already had a bid turned down but that the club’s valuation of the player had not been met.

At £20 million this would be a good deal for both player and club. Having joined for around £15 million two years ago, it would see Bournemouth make a profit on their star player and give the player the opportunity to play in the Champions League.

Bournemouth have been looking to add to their squad and the sale of Danjuma could inject some extra funds into the transfer kitty that could speed up any deals for players currently underway.

The emergence of Jaidon Anthony in pre-season as well as the re-signing of Junior Stanislas means the squad has cover in the wide left position, with Kyle Taylor another option having also done well in pre-season under Parker.

It remains to be seen if the club can bring in further reinforcements before the transfer window ends but with Danjuma now set to leave, the club will be desperate to bring in some more new faces with Sam Surridge, Diego Rico and Asmir Begovic having already left the club.

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