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Bournemouth preparing for transfer raid on Chelsea — report

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Triple transfer swoop!

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After spending 22 years of his life at Chelsea, 36-year-old defender John Terry will be leaving the club at the end of the season. Though Terry is already preparing himself for his post-playing career by studying for his coaching badges (and learning Portuguese?), the legendary centre back could still be a serviceable option for plenty of teams out there.

According to the Daily Mail, AFC Bournemouth are just one such team, and the Cherries have put Terry on their shortlist for the summer alongside his Chelsea teammates Asmir Begovic (who was set to leave in January already) and Nathan Aké (who had spent the first half of the season playing on loan for Bournemouth already). Sunderland striker Jermaine Defoe is also in their plans, though they will have to battle West Ham for the 34-year-old striker’s services.

The Mail claim that Terry's preference is to remain in the southern part of England, which could give Bournemouth an edge against other potential suitors — though it should be noted that JT had been adamant in the past of never joining another Premier League club out of loyalty to Chelsea.

Terry, Begovic and Aké would all be good additions to Bournemouth, who are looking to add some veteran help to go along with their youngsters, though Aké could also be quite useful for Chelsea as well.