An update has emerged regarding Aston Villa’s interest in Bournemouth forward Arnaut Danjuma.
According to Football League World, Villa have shown an interest in signing the 24-year-old from the Cherries this summer to bolster their attacking options. Johan Lange is said to have made an enquiry to the Championship club over his availability.
Bournemouth’s stance on his situation has not been revealed, but the report states that the attacker has not made a final decision on his future. The Netherlands international would be open to moving abroad and playing in mainland Europe if he is not able to find a new club in England.
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Villa have no chance of signing Emile Smith-Rowe from Arsenal this summer. Mikel Arteta believes that the Englishman will remain at the Emirates Stadium despite interest from Dean Smith’s side and sign a contract extension with the Gunners.
This means that the time is right for Villa to move on from Smith-Rowe and concentrate on landing another target in Danjuma.
The 24-year-old enjoyed a sensational season in the Championship with the Cherries as he was directly involved in 24 goals in 31 starts. He plundered an impressive 17 goals and seven assists as Bournemouth made the play-offs before being knocked out by eventual winners Brentford in the semi-finals.
Earlier this year, Clinton Morrison lavished praise on the Dutchman, calling him an exceptional talent and saying that he will be playing in the Premier League one way or another next season.
He told Quest, via Football League World: “Danjuma is an excellent player. Whatever happens, he will be playing Premier League football next year, whether it’s with Bournemouth or without them. He’s an exceptional talent.”
Morrison’s comments and his statistics in the second tier suggest that he has the potential to make the step up to the Premier League next season. He averaged 1.5 key passes and 1.8 dribbles per Championship game for Bournemouth, showing that he has a direct style of play and indicating that could excite fans with his runs down the wing.
Smith could love working the Dutchman as he might offer him a different option to Jack Grealish on the left flank next term. The England international likes to get on the ball and dictate the play, drawing fouls and creating openings, which could open up space on the left for Danjuma to come in and offer himself out wide to stretch the play. Therefore, Smith could enjoy having a variety of options, and this is why Villa must land him this summer.