Securing promotion back to the Premier League, Bournemouth will be eager to get preparations underway as they look to consolidate themselves in England’s top flight.
The Cherries currently lead the race for the exciting midfielder, as per a Twitter update from The Athletic journalist Michael Walker, with Nottingham Forest and West Brom also monitoring his situation at Blackburn Rovers.
Following their promotion, the south coast club are the only club in pursuit who could offer top-flight football, although, Forest still possess the opportunity via the play-offs.
The 27-year-old, who featured 41 times in the league for Rovers as they missed out on securing a play-off spot, scored three Championship goals and provided a further 10 assists from central midfield.
Here, we take a look at one winner and one loser at Bournemouth if the Cherries are successful in their attempts to sign Rothwell…
One winner – Dom Solanke
A common feature in Rothwell’s play is his ability to drive forward, with his marauding runs forward usually the source of chaos for opposing defences.
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Driving into the area and committing defenders, he also possesses the cutting edge that is required to provide chances for his forward players.
Solanke is someone who would benefit from Rothwell’s addition, with the 27-year-old proving to link up well with Blackburn talisman Ben Brereton-Diaz.
One loser – Emiliano Marcondes
It is difficult to immediately find a spot for Rothwell in Bournemouth’s current midfield, given the natural ability of the likes of Lewis Cook, Philip Billing, Ben Pearson and Jefferson Lerma, whilst it has been extremely functional throughout this campaign.
Therefore, looking into the fringes of the squad, Rothwell’s addition would likely hinder the first-team chances of Emiliano Marcondes.
The Danish attacking midfielder, who had not featured in the Championship since the start of May, started against Millwall at the weekend.
Seen as a player like Rothwell would bring a similar attacking service to the 27-year-old, it is likely that he would find it hard to pave his way back to regular contention in Bournemouth colours.