Bournemouth want a staggering £35 million for Arnaut Danjuma amid claims suggesting West Ham United and Southampton are keen to take the winger back to the Premier League, as reported by the Sun (18 July, page 61).
If Cherries supporters were fearing a play-off semi-final defeat to Brentford would result in the unavoidable departure of a handful of key players, it seems those worries can be put to one side for the time being.
Clearly, Bournemouth will not be bullied in the transfer market.
The South Coast club already appear to have scuppered Philip Billing’s potential move to Norwich City by demanding £15 million for the powerhouse midfielder.
If you thought that was an eye-watering sum of money, it is nothing compared to the £35 million they want for Danjuma.
Will Arnaut Danjuma miss out on a move to West Ham or Southampton?
The Dutch international suggested in April that he would be tempted by a switch to West Ham or Southampton, while also talking up potential moves to Ajax or Leeds.
But Danjuma’s suitors could have Aston Villa to blame as the winger’s price-tag goes through the roof.
Why? Well, because Aston Villa’s decision to pay £30 million for Emi Buendia appears to have set a new bar for the Championship’s best and brightest.
If Norwich were demanding £30 million for Buendia, why should Bournemouth not request a similar fee for a man who produced 17 goals and eight assists last season, striking fear into the heart of full-backs up and down the land?
Of course, Danjuma could push for a move between now and the end of August and that would really test Bournemouth’s mettle.
As it stands, however, West Ham appear to be looking for a new centre-forward rather than a winger.
If Southampton cannot meet Blackburn’s demands for Adam Armstrong, then Danjuma is pretty much a no-go.