Bournemouth are prepared to sell their star man Ryan Fraser amid massive interest from Arsenal as they believe he won’t sign a new contract.
Arsenal’s need to find players suiting a wing position among other areas is no secret, and this quest has led the club being linked to several players from the Premier League and other big European leagues. The Mirror are now reporting of a possible deal for Bournemouth star Ryan Fraser in the summer with news that the Cherries might look to cash in on him at the end of the season.
Fraser has been at Bournemouth since 2013 after joining the club from Aberdeen in Scotland. Since the move, Fraser has gone on to make more than 170 appearances in all competitions for the Cherries and has played a vital role in the current campaign. In 2018-19, Fraser has played in all of Bournemouth’s 34 Premier League games, with 7 goals scored and 10 assists to show.
Naturally, his performances have attracted the attention of the top six sides, and as a player, Fraser could feel the time may be right to make a move. Arsenal have come forward with their interest in the player, and Fraser himself expressed his happiness at the links to the Emirates.
When asked about Arsenal’s possible interest, he said, “I’m not going to lie, it’s very nice. It means you are doing something right. They are a huge club, a massive club.”
Those words definitely point towards Fraser’s interest in a move to Arsenal. The 25-year-old has also done enough to earn such a move. Arsenal, also have other targets in mind in Fraser’s position, with Ismaila Sarr of Rennes another player being linked.
As for Fraser, and his reported likeness towards a move to Arsenal, it might pose a grave problem for his club Bournemouth. The Cherries are at crossroads and could consider cashing in on Fraser at the end of the season. Bournemouth are said to value him at £30 million, although Arsenal could try to get him for less.
Fraser’s current deal at Bournemouth expires in the summer of 2020, meaning he’d be left with only one year left in the coming summer window. Alternatively, Fraser could also explore the idea of becoming a Bosman when his contract expires, for there could be a significant signing-on fee involved in any free transfer in 2020.
However, if Arsenal or any other club come in with a decent offer, Bournemouth could look to cash in on the player instead of letting him go on a free. That said, Arsenal look like in pole position to sign the Scotland International, and considering they might negotiate over the £30 million currently suggested, Fraser could be a good deal for the Gunners, considering his age and experience in the Premier League.