With Ramsdale set to leave, could Brooks follow him out the door?

It could be a painful couple of days for cherries fans.

According to Sky Sports News, Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has been to Bramall Lane to have a medical ahead of joining Sheffield United for £18.5million.

Ramsdale began his career at Sheffield United’s academy before joining Bournemouth in January 2017. He went out on loan to Chesterfield and AFC Wimbledon, before becoming the number one choice at the vitality.

His imminent move comes not long after Nathan Ake’s move to Manchester City, and to make matters worse, David Brooks is now being heavily linked to Manchester United.

While that transfer could bring in another £40 million to the club, it will still be a bitter pill for fans to swallow.

Bournemouth release Simon Francis and Andrew Surman

Francis has made of 300 appearances for the Cherries, and he is one of the few remaining players that was at the club in their League One days.

Experienced midfielder Andrew Surman is also on his way out, after over 200 games, as part of huge cost cutting measure from new boss Jason Tindall.

The club thanked them for their service, but their departures are set to be just the start in the coming weeks, with Charlie Daniels also set to move on.

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Blades press on with Ramsdale pursuit

Chris Wilder is focusing on who will be in goal next season, with Sheffield United keen to sign Aaron Ramsdale from AFC Bournemouth, despite Jason Tindall’s claim that there will be no exodus of talent at the Vitality Stadium.

That could be the reason why Marco Bizot is being linked to the Blades. He plays in Holland for AZ Alkmaar where he had an outstanding last season keeping 24 clean sheets in 38 games.

Sky Sports are report that Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Valencia, United, Crystal Palace and Fulham are all interested, so it might come down to who has the biggest chequebook.

After the success of this season back in the top flight, the Blades may have the resources to compete. Even allowing for a rebate back to TV companies to cover issues arising around Covid, they are estimated to have finished the season with a cool £132.6million from the premier league. Just to put that in context, they received just £7million in the season they came up from the Championship in 2018/19.

Manchester City sign Nathan Ake from Bournemouth

City agreed a £40million fee, rising to a potential £41m, with the relegated Cherries last week and the 25-year-old has signed a five-year contract.

Ake is City’s second signing of the delayed summer transfer window, after the club landed Spain Under-21s winger Ferran Torres from Valencia.

With Aymeric Laporte missing five months of the current season through injury and Guardiola appearing to lose faith in a John Stones-Nicolas Otamendi partnership, midfielder Fernandinho often played as a makeshift centre-back.

Ake comes to the Etihad to strengthen City’s options at the back.

Ake was a youth player at Chelsea and had loan spells at Reading, Watford and Bournemouth before joining the Cherries permanently for £20m in 2017.

Chelsea reportedly had a buy-back option but chose not to exercise it.

Arsenal ready to offer Aubameyang new deal

Aubameyang turned in another stellar display at the weekend as the Gunners beat Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley to secure their 14th FA Cup title – no club in English football has won more.

It was Aubameyang’s brace at the national stadium which secured a first trophy for Mikel Arteta as Arsenal boss, and perhaps more importantly, secured the club a Europa League place next term at Wolves’ expense.

European football at the Emirates next season is a huge boost for manager Mikel Arteta, as not only does it give the club greater appeal in terms of attracting new players, but may also go a long way to keeping hold of the prolific Aubameyang.

The Gabon international, who recently turned 31, has been subject of speculation all season, largely due to his excellent goalscoring form coupled with Arsenal’s lacklustre showing this campaign.

Newspaper the Daily Star suggest that the Gunners are willing to offer Aubameyang a £250,000 a week deal to convince him to stay at the club, whereas other sources are suggesting a new deal worth more than £40m could be signed by the end of the week.

Whatever the scenario, Arsenal know that losing Aubameyang is also losing a major asset in the hunt for success.

Bournemouth could look internally for Howe replacement

Howe left his role as Cherries boss by mutual consent over the weekend, much to the surprise of those involved with the club.

The 42-year-old leaves the Vitality Stadium after more than a decade at helm, a stint which has seen him take the club on a remarkable journey from League Two relegation candidates to a top half Premier League finish.

With the Cherries’ 5-year top flight odyssey coming to an end last month, Howe feels the time is right for a fresh face to take charge on the South Coast.

However, it is understood that the club are keen to maintain Howe’s style of play despite his departure, meaning an internal appointment is a distinct possibility.

The obvious name is Jason Tindall, Howe’s assistant for several years at Bournemouth – reports suggest he is in the frame to take the reigns.

If the Cherries are looking for an external appointment though, former Wigan boss Paul Cook – who left the Latics last week – is a snug fit in terms of footballing philosophy.

Furthermore, Cook has links to the South Coast having been the manager of Portsmouth between 2015 and 2017.

Bournemouth consider legal action after technology blunder

Despite a 1-3 win away at Everton, the three points at Goodison Park was too little, too late for Eddie Howe’s side as they were condemned to a place in the Championship next season.

The Cherries join Norwich City and Watford in returning to the second tier, with last season’s playoff winners Aston Villa securing top flight survival by just a single point.

And it is that single point which is the topic of contention, with Aston Villa the benefactors of a rare error in Hawk-Eye’s goal-line technology during the 1-1 draw with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on June 17.

Villa’s trip to the Blades was the first game of Project Restart, following the 3-month break in the campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With Aston Villa a goal to the good, goalkeeper Orjan Nyland appeared to carry the ball over his own goal-line, gifting Sheffield United an equaliser.

However, the officials were unmoved, goal-line technology didn’t spot the error and VAR refused to intervene.

Hawk-Eye, the providers of the technology, later admitted to a malfunction in the system and apologised for their mistake.

The mishap, which hasn’t happened in over 9000 top-flight football matches in which goal-line technology has been used, gifted Villa a precious point – a point which Bournemouth will argue kept Villa in the Premier League at their expense.

The powers that be at the Cherries are reportedly meeting this week to discuss the possibilities of exploring legal action against Hawk-Eye for their failure in technology, with Bournemouth’s relegation meaning the club will miss out on tens of millions of pounds of Premier League revenue.

However, with such mistakes being such a rarity – once in more than 9000 games – it remains to be seen whether the Cherries do pursue such a claim.