Bristol City chief reveals why they sold £25m Alex Scott to Bournemouth

Bristol City’s ‘prized asset’ has now been sold as AFC Bournemouth complete the signing of Alex Scott.
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Bristol City owner Steve Lansdown has wished Alex Scott well after he completed his £25m move to AFC Bournemouth.

The Cherries met the valuation on Wednesday night, and following a successful medical, as well as agreeing personal terms, has moved to the Vitality Stadium for what is a club record fee. Adam Webster's move to Brighton in 2019 for £20m was the previous record but Bournemouth have now smashed that, and now it remains to be seen whether that money will be reinvested back into the squad.

Scott was at the club for the majority of pre-season, and performed well but suffered an injury in the build-up to the opening day clash with Preston. He is dealing with a knock and is not expected to make his debut immediately for Bournemouth. As for City, their preparations continue for their trip to Millwall.

Lansdown said: "Alex has developed into a top-class footballer and we have been privileged to watch him play over the past few years and wear the Bristol City shirt.

"We are sorry to see Alex go, but Bournemouth have met our valuation and this is an opportunity for him to follow his football dream in the Premier League. He goes with our blessing and will always have a special place in the hearts of Bristol City fans."

Scott departs the clubs having made 91 appearances over three-and-a-half-years, where he registered six goals and seven assists. He was crowned Championship Young Player of the Year for the 2022/23 campaign, beating off competition from Sunderland's Manchester United loanee Amad Diallo.

He is the second big money sale to Bournemouth this calendar year, following Antoine Semenyo's £10m move to Dorset back in January. His sale helped fund the arrivals of Anis Mehmeti and Harry Cornick in January, as well as also funding Ross McCrorie, Jason Knight and Rob Dickie's move.