Marcondes becomes first signing in Parker era

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AFC Bournemouth have made their first signing ahead of the new campaign, with attacking midfielder Emiliano Marcondes signing on a three-year deal.

Only days after Scott Parker was appointed as the club’s new head coach, the former Fulham man has made his first signing, snapping up Marcondes on a free transfer after his contract with Brentford expired earlier this week.

The Dane is set to join up with the squad next week, after completing a period of quarantine in line with the UK government’s guidelines on international travel.

In a club statement, chief executive, Neil Blake, said: “To be able to sign a player of Emiliano’s quality on a free transfer is a huge coup for the club.

“Unsurprisingly, we were in competition with a number of other clubs so I’m delighted that he has chosen AFC Bournemouth for the next stage of his career. 

“Emiliano is proven at this level, knows what it takes to win and has experience of the biggest games and securing promotion. 

“He will be an excellent addition to our squad and add real competition in an important area of the pitch.”

Marcondes’ career started in his homeland, making his professional debut for FC Nordsjaelland in the Danish Superligaen. The versatile midfielder made 120 appearances for the Danish side scoring 38 goals before securing a move to Griffin Park in January 2018. 

A brief loan spell in 2019, with FC Midtjylland, saw Marcondes claim a league title with the Danish side before returning to West London.

The 26-year-old midfielder played a crucial part in Brentford’s promotion charge last season, playing 40 times for the club in all competitions and scoring in the playoff final against Swansea, earning the Man of the Match award.

In total, Marcondes made 97 appearances for the Bee’s, scoring 7 times and assisting a total of 13 goals.

With experience in the Championship, the former Danish under-21 international will add to an already competitive array of attacking players at Vitality Stadium, with the likes of Arnaut Danjuma, David Brooks and Dominic Solabnke already part of the Cherries squad.

Fans of the South Coast club have so far reacted positively to the singing showing their support on social media and will be hopeful Parker has more transfer targets up his sleeve. 

Marcondes could make his debut in the first round of the Carabao Cup against MK Dons on 31 July, which is the club’s first competitive fixture of the season.