Arsenal get £50m transfer chance as boss admits ‘no power’ to keep Arteta target

AFC Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola has admitted he does not ‘have any power’ to retain Arsenal and Newcastle United transfer target Dominic Solanke at Dean Court.

The Cherries manager has just given further fuel to Mikel Arteta and Eddie Howe’s hopes of signing the 26-year-old. Solanke has emerged as a possible target of Arsenal and Newcastle in January, with the Premier League teams desperate to reinforce their respective frontlines.
Arsenal have only scored 37 goals through their 20 Premier League fixtures this term to rank seventh in the division. Newcastle, meanwhile, rank in fifth with 41 goals over 21 games. Yet Bournemouth rank in 11th with 28 in 19 matches thanks heavily to Solanke scoring 12 times.
Arsenal and Newcastle are interested in a January transfer for Dominic Solanke

No English top-flight player has contributed more goals for their club this term than Solanke. He has penned 43% of the Cherries’ strikes so far to rank third in the Golden Boot race. Only Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and Erling Haaland (14) of Manchester City have bagged more.
What Solanke has offered at Bournemouth has convinced Arteta and Arsenal to consider his transfer in January. The Daily Star reports that Arteta views the one-cap England attacker as his No2 target, behind Ivan Toney of Brentford. The Cherries may also sell Solanke for £50m.
Solanke has impressed Arsenal with his hard-working displays for Bournemouth but has also gained interest from West Ham United. While The Telegraph notes that Newcastle contacted the Cherries to register their interest in a transfer. But Bournemouth are reluctant to cash in.
What has Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola said about Dominic Solanke’s transfer?

Now, Iraola has fuelled Arsenal and Newcastle’s hopes for Solanke’s transfer by admitting he does not ‘have any power’ to keep the striker at Bournemouth in January. But the Spaniard is hopeful of having him at Dean Court beyond the deadline as it would take an ‘unnatural’ bid.

“I don’t have any power,” Iraola stated, via quotes by the Daily Express. “We have an opinion [about keeping Solanke at Bournemouth] and there are always negotiations, and if someone meets the expectations of the club then…

“But the expectations are really high, so I don’t think that will be happening. I think Solanke will stay but I can’t guarantee 100%. He’s happy and performing well, and everyone is happy with him. It would take something unnatural for him to leave.”

Bournemouth are under zero pressure to sell Solanke to Arsenal or Newcastle in the January transfer window. The Cherries tied their 6 ft 1 marksman down with a new contract through to June 2027 in September. He has also started in their 19 Premier League fixtures this term.

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