Bournemouth eye ambitious signing of Germany international as Iraola eyes ‘logical’ reunion

Jason Soutar
Reported Bournemouth target Robin Gosens is consoled by Hansi Flick during Germany's friendly against Colombia.
Robin Gosens is consoled by Hansi Flick during Germany's friendly against Colombia.

Bournemouth are reportedly competing alongside Union Berlin and Wolfsburg for the signing of Inter and Germany wing-back Robin Gosens.

Gosens secured a move from Atalanta to the Nerazzurri for €27.4million in July 2022.

The 28-year-old was very impressive for the Bergamo outfit and for Germany at Euro 2020, especially in his side’s 4-2 win over Portugal when he scored one goal while notching two assists.

It has not exactly worked out for Gosens after his big-money move to San Siro, however.

He suffered a long-term hamstring injury in his debut season at the club, which limited him to only 17 appearances across all competitions.

Last term was a lot better for Gosens, who played 49 times across all competitions as Inter finished third in Serie A, won the Italian Cup, Italian Super Cup, and reached the Champions League final.

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He could only manage 11 starts in the league, and Inter are now open to letting him leave.

Multiple reports say Bundesliga duo Union Berlin and Wolfsburg are vying for his signature, but Bournemouth have surprisingly been added to the mix.

Italian outlet Calciomercato say the Cherries are looking to bring the German defender to the Premier League.

Inter want between €20-25m for Gosens with several clubs interested.

Bournemouth are not known for playing a back five, which Gosens suits much more than a back four, and new manager Andoni Iraola is not someone who has operated with this system.

Gosens is a flying wing-back and would not thrive as an out-and-out winger or left-back, which makes this story a little strange.

Bournemouth have already confirmed the signing of Justin Kluivert, who joined from AS Roma for £9.5million.

Kluivert joins £20m winger Hamed Traore, who spent the second half of 2022/23 on loan at the Vitality Stadium.

The Cherries’ business is far from finished as they look to build on their 15th-place finish in the Premier League last term.

According to Spanish outlet Marca, Iraola is looking to reunite with Rayo Vallecano forward Alvaro Garcia.

Unfortunately for Bournemouth, the La Liga side are digging their heels and will not let Garcia go easily.

The report says the ‘logical thing’ is for the striker to join Iraola on the south coast of England, but the Premier League side have found it ‘impossible’ to negotiate with Vallecano.

Rayo will only let Garcia leave if his €25m release clause is met. This fee will not be paid by another Spanish side and no English club have come forward yet.

There is ‘little interest’ in Spain to negotiate the player’s sale, which means Bournemouth will have to pay the release clause if they want their man.

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