Loaned out to Toulouse for the 2017-18 season, Max Gradel’s future will be far away from Bournemouth despite being contracted to the Cherries until 2020.
Seemingly unwanted by Eddie Howe at the club, the Ivory Coast international decided to return to France to get his career back on track, and he’s achieved just that.
Far from setting the league alight, the veteran forward still managed to play a key part in helping the Ligue 1 side avoid relegation, and it was enough to attract attention from a number of French sides.
According to L’Equipe on Tuesday, Bournemouth could see offers from three or four clubs land on their desk for Gradel, with two of the interested parties named.
The French newspaper state both Rennes and Saint-Etienne, one of the winger’s former clubs, could be keen in making his stay in France more permanent.
Considering he’s on the wrong side of 30 and not exactly wanted at Vitality Stadium, we can’t see Bournemouth asking for a fee that would put either side off in the coming weeks.
Let’s put it this way: they’re very unlikely to break even on their original £9m investment.