Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is confident of landing a deal for Chelsea legend John Terry who is set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, and is prepared to pay big bucks to land the deal, according to reports from The Mirror.
The future of Chelsea skipper John Terry has been the subject of much debate over the last year-or-so. When it looked as if the former England international was set to leave this time last season, it was announced that he’d pen a new one-year extension to work under Antonio Conte and see where things went from there.
With the Blues charging towards their second Premier League title in three years, and their first under the Italian, it was confirmed that Terry would be leaving the club this summer, sparking debate over his next destination.
A move to Bournemouth was reportedly on the cards in the January window after the Blues had recalled on-loan defender Nathan Ake from the Cherries, leaving Howe somewhat short at the back, however Terry stayed put in west London.
Now his future is decided, The Mirror claim that Howe is willing to fork out £130,000-a-week for the centre-half, as well as a significant signing on fee.
Next season with be Bournemouth’s third in the Premier League after their astonishing rise from the ashes lead by Howe, however, during his time as manager his transfer business has been more than questionable.
Aside from the additions of Joshua King and Ryan Fraser, as well as the loan coup of Jack Wilshere on Deadline Day last summer, Howe’s signings have fallen well short of the mark on the south coast.
Should the former Burnley manager pull off the deal to bring the 36-year-old to The Vitality Stadium, as well as a move for Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe which is also supposedly close, it could mark a significant turning point.
Whilst you can never know for sure how the pair would perform in red and black, you’d put your house on them having more of an impact than some of Howe’s other top-flight signings. The likes of Marc Wilson, Lee Tomlin and Lys Mousset spring to mind.