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Bournemouth Opinion: Why the Cherries should sign Simon Mignolet?

According to a report from the Sun, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe wants a new goalkeeper to compete for No.1 shirt with Artur Boruc set to leave this summer. Liverpool outcast Simon Mignolet is among the Cherries’ top goalkeeping targets, which also include Stoke City’s Jack Butland and Nick Pope of Burnley, adds the report.

Bournemouth have faced goalkeeping problems this season, with Asmir Begovic falling way short of expectations at the Vitality. Begovic’s consistent poor displays between the sticks saw Eddie Howe drop the Bosnian and make veteran Artur Boruc his No.1.

Boruc has performed admirably well but at 39, he is nearing retirement. Even though Begovic has returned to the starting XI of late after spending nearly two months on the bench, the Bosnia international remains unreliable. Hence, it’s a no-brainer Bournemouth needs a new goalkeeper and Howe would be wise to make a move for Simon Mignolet.

Mignolet, 31, has barely had a chance to stake his claim at Liverpool after the Merseysiders spent heavily for Alisson Becker during the summer transfer window.

Alisson has proven to be a huge hit so far at Anfield, leaving Mignolet with absolutely no game time whatsoever. But before Alisson’s arrival, Mignolet was a consistent presence in goal for the Reds, ever since he joined from Sunderland in 2013.

Poor decision-making and silly mistakes has riddled the Belgian’s career at Anfield, even though he has managed more than 200 appearances for Liverpool in the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp persisted with Mignolet for a long time despite his error-strewn performances but after Alisson’s arrival, the 31-year-old shot-stopper has managed just two appearances in cup competitions this campaign.

Thus, the summer transfer window will be the right time for Mignolet to leave Liverpool and reignite his sputtering career. A move to Bournemouth would make complete sense for the Belgium international as Eddie Howe’s side are in search of a new goalkeeper.

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Mignolet has plenty of experience to offer and would bring a much-needed calming presence at the back. The former Sunderland man is just 31, meaning he still has a lot to provide at the top level. He’ll definitely add quality and pedigree to the goalkeeping department, whilst replacing the 39-year-old Boruc and competing with Begovic.

Conclusion

Boruc’s time at the Vitality is clearly up and Bournemouth need someone to take the baton from the veteran goalkeeper. Mignolet may not have lived up to the expectations of the Liverpool fans but he still remains a quality shot-stopper that deserves a shot at a mid-table Premier League club.

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Man Utd’s £50m pursuit of this 21-year-old playmaker starring for PL rivals would be a solid move by Solskjaer

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Manchester United Opinion: Why Man United should sign David Brooks?

According to a report from The Sun, Manchester United are eyeing a £50m swoop for Bournemouth playmaker David Brooks.

The Wales international, 21, joined Bournemouth last summer in an £11.5m move from Sheffield United on a four-year contract. He enjoyed a fine debut campaign in the top-flight last season, scoring seven goals and assisting seven times and was awarded with a new, long-term deal in March.

David Brooks is the latest name to be linked with Manchester United, who are expected to back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wholeheartedly in the summer transfer window after a disappointing sixth-placed finish last term. The United manager is plotting a major rebuild of his squad with a particular focus on signing young, exciting and hungrier British talents.

Before signing off for the summer, Solskjaer said he wanted all of his new signings on board and ready to start training when the squad returns on July 1. Yet, the Red Devils have just made one signing so far in the summer transfer window, with Daniel James joining the club from Swansea City.

With Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku declaring their desires to leave Old Trafford this summer, David De Gea out of contract next summer and yet to sign a contract extension and the likes of Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia have released by the club, further additions of the requisite quality are the need of the hour.

Things must change thick and fast for United and they must not hesitate in splashing the cash to sign David Brooks from Bournemouth. The Welshman impressed in his debut season with the Cherries and could be the player to improve United’s attack next season.

A technically gifted and tactically versatile player, the 21-year-old caught the eye with his work-rate, energy and versatility—playing in the no.10 role, out wide and in a deeper midfield role. That’s exactly what makes Brooks so valuable, as the 21-year-old can fill in at any attacking role very effectively. The no.10 role allows him to assert his creative dominance on the field, helping link the play with midfield and attack.

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The ex-Sheffield United man is excellent from dead-ball situations and has a hammer of a left foot with which he can score long-range screamers. He is only 21 and is a very exciting talent, who has massive potential to develop.

Verdict

Manchester United have a rich history of nurturing young talents into world beaters and Brooks—a boyhood Red Devil—might see this as an opportunity to help the club take back to where they belong. Even if Bournemouth aren’t willing to let go of the Welshman, Solskjaer and co. must do everything possible to lure him away to Old Trafford.

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Bournemouth rekindling interest in this 27-year-old defender would enable Howe to reinforce right-back unit

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Bournemouth Opinion: Why the Cherries should go for Kenny Lala?

Back in June 2018, France Football claimed that Bournemouth were interested in signing Strasbourg right-back, Kenny Lala. However, a move didn’t materialise and the Frenchman stayed with Strasbourg.

Kenny Lala, 27, enjoyed an excellent campaign in Ligue 1, scoring five goals and supplying nine assists in 34 games. He was key in his side’s comfortable 11th placed finish this season and at 27, Lala is at the perfect age to try and test himself in a more competitive league.

The Premier League would be the ideal destination for the Frenchman and thus, Bournemouth must reignite their interest in Kenny Lala.

The Cherries had a decent season in the Premier League as they finished 14th in the table. However, Eddie Howe will be highly disappointed, given the start they had enjoyed in the 2018/19. His team has been doing well ever since achieving promotion to the top-flight and the 41-year-old will be eager to improve next term.

Bournemouth are one of the most exciting sides to watch in the Premier League due to their attacking, expansive style of football. But if they are to break into the top half of the table, Howe needs to add more quality to his squad.

So far, the south coast club have signed Lloyd Kelly from Bristol City this summer and after signing a new left-back, Howe must bring in a right-back.

Nathaniel Clyne has returned back to Liverpool after the expiry of his loan spell, while Simon Francis is 34 and slowly edging towards the end of his career. Adam Smith is an option but he spent the entire second half of the last campaign on the left in order to accommodate Clyne. To provide competition and cover to Smith, Howe would do a wonderful job by signing Lala.

A right-back by trade, Lala is equally comfortable playing at right wing-back, right wing and on the left. He possesses really good pace and agility with superb passing and crossing abilities. The Frenchman operates with a lot of intensity and works really hard for the team’s cause. Despite being a right-back, he is a composed finisher in front of goal as well.

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Lala’s biggest strength is his ability to contribute going forward, marauding up the flank with pace and power. But that doesn’t make him a slouch when it comes to defending as he is a clean tackler and doesn’t get beaten so easily.

Verdict

Lala is the sort of player Bournemouth should be signing to challenge for a top half finish next season. Truly, the Frenchman possess the pace, power, stamina and technical abilities to take the Premier League by storm, whilst being an upgrade on both Smith and Francis.

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Norwich City must go all out and beat Leeds United to sign this 20-year-old goalkeeping marvel and this is why

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Norwich City Opinion: Canaries should beat Leeds United in the race to sign Mark Travers

According to The Irish Sun, newly-promoted outfit, Norwich City and Championship promotion-hopefuls Leeds United are ready to go head-to-head in a transfer tug of war over Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers in the summer window.

The 20-year-old Irishman made his first-team bow for the Cherries against Spurs this past season and caught the eye with some marvellous saves in his very first game for the club, as Bournemouth got the better of the North Londoners for the first time in their history.

Travers became the first ever teenage goalkeeper since Joe Hart in 2006 to start a Premier League game and his incredible debut earned him his second start in the final game of the season against Crystal Palace, although the Cherries suffered a 5-3 defeat away from home.

The 20-year-old is yet to learn what kind of a role he is set to play next at the Vitality Stadium next season but it is understood that Bournemouth could ideally be looking to loan him out in order to gain more first-team experience. (h/t Irish Sun)

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Travers has two years left on his current contract, and while the Cherries are likely to hand him fresh and improved terms in the coming days, the youngster has already attracted interest from Norwich and Leeds, who are ready to take him on loan. (h/t Irish Sun)

The 20-year-old Maynooth-born shot-stopper has represented the Republic of Ireland at all youth levels from U-16 to U-21 and his promising Premier League debut earned him a call-up to Mick McCarthy’s senior international side in March, although he is yet to make his senior debut.

Travers played for Irish clubs Lucan United, Cherry Orchard and Shamrock Rovers at the youth level before joining Bournemouth at the youth level back in 2016 as a 17-year-old. He spent time on loan at National League South outfit Weymouth in the 2017-18 season before making his first-team against Spurs.

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To put things into perspective, Mark Travers is still very young and relatively untested at the highest level but he could still be a decent signing for both the aforementioned clubs. The 20-year-old showed glimpses of his brilliance by registering a clean sheet on his debut against Spurs and it looks like both the clubs are prepared to play a low-cost gamble on him with a loan move.

While Norwich City are apparently looking at Travers as a back-up for No.1 Tim Krul in the Premier League next season, Leeds United could certainly do with another young and promising goalkeeper in their ranks to provide cover and competition for Kiko Casilla and Bailey Peacock-Farrell, given their neither of the existing players has particularly been convincing.

However, the Canaries would do themselves a big favour by getting this deal over the line, as Daniel Farke looks to build a strong enough squad capable of beating the drop in the top-flight.

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Krul is likely to retain his role.1 status between the sticks, despite looking shaky at times in the Championship this past season. The Dutchman has a bagful of Premier League experience under his belt with Newcastle United and Norwich should definitely take that into consideration but a young and promising shot-stopper like Travers would certainly keep the veteran on his toes as far as the No.1 role is concerned.

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This is not a move that is likely to create too much noise amongst the fans at Carrow Road but the acquisition of Mark Travers on loan could prove to be a shrewd piece of business for the Canaries.

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