Turning out Bournemouth took a lot of shake-up with Nathan Ake and Josh King under the stars on sale
Struggling Bournemouth plans to fire star names this summer, including Nathan Ake, Josh King and perhaps even manager Eddie Howe – EVEN if they stay up – when financial crisis bites
- Bournemouth could lose some of their star players in the transfer window
- The cherries are preparing a cost-effective ride for next season
- The south coast is facing relegation in the Premier League
- Club is ready to streamline the entire operation no matter what division they are in
Bournemouth are preparing for a cost-effective drive leading up to next season, with key players Nathan Ake and Josh King put up for sale.
The club is second from the bottom of the Premier League after a horrific run of just one run out of eight games.
And Sports email understands that Bournemouth will streamline their entire operation regardless of which division they play in next season.
Bournemouth will sell some top players including Josh King (L) and Nathan Ake (R)
Eddie Howe’s side is struggling in the relegation zone and the coronavirus crisis has hit the club hard
Despite five consecutive seasons in the Premier League, the Cherries are one of the smallest clubs in the top league.
Given their small stadium with a little over 11,000 capacity and a hefty payroll, the Corona virus crisis has hit them particularly hard.
Manager Eddie Howe and other high-profile staff voluntarily took pay cuts to ease the financial burden for the club.
Bournemouth leaders now plan to make changes to the structure of the club in the run-up to the upcoming campaign, putting the footballing and non-footballing staff at risk.
Wales star David Brooks will also be the target of rival clubs if Bournemouth is relegated
Striker Callum Wilson will spark interest if Bournemouth fails to drop to Championship
Employees of a number of departments whose contract has expired or is about to expire may be endangered regardless of whether Bournemouth remains in the Premier League – and layoffs are likely if relegation is confirmed.
However, there is a lot of hope that job losses will be minimal, as the size of the club means they already have a relatively small number of employees.
The urge to cut costs also includes the sale of key players, as Bournemouth aims to reduce their wages.
The club are listening to offers for key central defender Ake, who signed with Chelsea for £ 20 million in 2017.
The Cherry’s small 11,000-seat stadium has kept them one of the league’s smallest clubs
The 25-year-old will be a hot property as soon as the transfer market reopens, with several top six clubs following the Holland International valued at around £ 40 million.
The fact that he is left-wing and qualified as a home-grown player adds to his appeal.
Rumors of Manchester United’s interest in Ake were sparked by TV footage after the two teams clashed on Saturday. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemed to tell the Dutchman that United ‘needs a left foot mid back’.
King, who nearly left for Old Trafford in January, will likely also leave when he enters the last 12 months of his contract. The attacker, who has scored 49 goals for Bournemouth since arriving on a free transfer in 2015, is said to have told the club that he is unwilling to sign a contract extension.
Bournemouth was defeated 5-2 against Manchester United in their last game at Old Trafford
The cherries will try to sell to avoid losing it for nothing.
English international Callum Wilson and Wales star David Brooks will also be targeted by rival clubs as Bournemouth is relegated.
Likewise, doubts about manager Eddie Howe’s future will also increase this summer.
Despite the club’s tough season, Howe remains one of England’s top-rated bosses and Premier League clubs would certainly be interested if he were to become available.