AFC Bournemouth are considering a move for Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli, according to The Daily Mail.
Bettinelli will be spending this season in the Championship following Fulham’s relegation if he does not move, though Bournemouth could be set to offer him a route back into the Premier League.
It has been reported that Bournemouth are drawing up a list of goalkeeper options, having been put off of Jack Butland by Stoke City’s asking price of £25 million upfront with add ons taking the deal close to £30 million.
Bettinelli managed just seven Premier League appearances last season, conceding 20 times and failing to keep a single clean sheet – which is an incredibly poor record.
His highlights of last season will have been saving a penalty against Brighton & Hove Albion to help earn Fulham a 2-2 draw, as well as being called up to the England squad, though he hasn’t got on the pitch yet for the Three Lions.
Bournemouth have lost faith in Asmir Begovic and Artur Boruc, so it would seem as though they are looking for someone who has shown they can be the club’s main goalkeeper.
Bettinelli hasn’t shown that though, with his competitor Sergio Rico having played 29 of Fulham’s Premier League matches last season.
If Bournemouth are going to sign a new goalkeeper, it should be someone who has proven over a sustained period of time that they can be a reliable player at the top-level and, frankly, Bettinelli didn’t do that last season.
He has flashes which have shown he can be a good goalkeeper, but if the club are going off that, they may as well give a chance to Mark Travers or Aaron Ramsdale, two young ‘keepers who are already at Vitality Stadium and have made the most of the opportunities they’ve been given so far in their career.
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