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Bournemouth keen on signing Diego Rico, but will not pay €20m release clause

Bournemouth are interested in signing Leganes defender Diego Rico, but they may be forced to pay his €20m release clause, say reports in Spain.

Eddie Howe’s side are looking to bolster their defensive options ahead of the new Premier League season and club scouts have been paying attention to the former of Rico last season.

The 25-year-old joined the Madrid-based side from Real Zaragoza after their promotion to La Liga in 2016 and he has been a consistent performer in the top division ever since.

Spanish daily Marca report that the Cherries want to strike a deal but have seen their initial bid of €8m rejected.

Rico has a release clause at the Butarque of €20m and it is thought that the Spanish club are demanding this amount from the English side.

Howe has two options at left back currently with Tyrone Mings and Brad Smith, but it is though he sees Rico has the perfect option to bolster that position with the former playing more regularly at centre back in the Premier League.

Leganes, who are now coached by Mauricio Pellegrino; themselves have been busy in the summer transfer window, signing Guido Carillo from Southampton on a one-year loan deal.

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