Scott Parker has admitted Arnaut Danjuma could be sold as Premier League heavyweights Liverpool, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace weigh up offers for the Bournemouth winger, speaking to Goal.
It would have been easy to get carried away after learning one of the most coveted players in the Championship had been left out of Bournemouth’s squad for Friday’s league opener against West Bromwich Albion.
But there was a simple reason for Danjuma’s absence – and it had nothing to do with an imminent move away from the Vitality Stadium.
The Netherlands international, Parker confirmed, had a “slight issue with his foot” and had returned to training following an injury-enforced absence.
This is no repeat of the Matheus Pereira situation that hung over West Brom’s pre-season before his money-spinning move to the Middle East last week.
Danjuma isn’t the type to throw his toys out of the proverbial pram.
While he would welcome a move back to the Premier League, the former Club Brugge winger has remained professional and committed to the Bournemouth cause.
Parker, however, is under no illusions. He knows, should an acceptable offer arrive, the 24-year-old won’t be sticking around.
Arnaut Danjuma in the sights of Liverpool, Aston Villa and Palace
“Arnie is a player of huge quality,” says the former Fulham boss.
“I understand the position we’re in, second season in the Championship, a little bit vulnerable. An offer may come that’s acceptable to the football club and Arnie may no longer be here.
“But, if he is here, we have a player who can really help us in this division.”
Last week, Marca reported Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool had expressed an interest in the £35 million-rated Danjuma, who was compared to Sadio Mane by ex-Cherries boss Jonathan Woodgate in April.
Danjuma has also been linked with a Crystal Palace side in the middle of a substantial rebuilding project, via Dorset Live, while Aston Villa’s already moneyed owners have another £100 million burning a hole in their back pocket following Jack Grealish’s British record move to Manchester City.