Bournemouth planning major squad overhaul with Manchester United transfer target Nathan Ake to be sold as club battles financial devastation of coronavirus
Bournemouth are planning a significant overhaul of their squad ahead of next season – despite whether they remain the Premier League.
The Cherries are on a barren run of type, having actually collected just one point from 8 matches, with their newest defeat being a 5-2 hammering at the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford.
According to the Mail, the club are planning to axe some of their big names this summer as the club’s hierarchy prepare to implement some drastic cost-cutting measures.
The report states that Nathan Ake, Callum Wilson, Josh King and David Brooks will be placed up for sale as the club look to cash in on their prized assets.
Ake joined the club from Chelsea for £20million in 2017 and there will be many interested parties for the Netherlands international, who is valued at around £40m.
Rumours of Manchester United’s interest in Ake were fuelled by TV footage at the end of the two teams’ clash on Saturday, which saw United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appearing to tell the defender he ‘needed a left-footed centre back’.
Norway international King, who has netted 49 goals for the Cherries in five years at the club, is also likely to depart as he enters the final 12 months of his contract.
Wilson and Brooks, who have attracted interested from other top Premier League clubs in the past, will also be placed up for sale.
Bournemouth are one of the smallest clubs in the top-flight and the cost-cutting measures ahead of the forthcoming campaign leave playing and non-playing staff at risk.
The coronavirus crisis has hit the club particularly hard and the revenue of the business struggles as the Vitality Stadium has a capacity of just 11,000.
During the pandemic, manager Eddie Howe and other high-profile members of staff voluntarily took pay-cuts to help ease the financial burden on the club.