Arsenal are reportedly confident of winning the race for Ryan Fraser despite speculation claiming he’s interested in a move to Tottenham Hotspur, according to the Daily Mail.
The 26-year-old looks set to leave Bournemouth on a free transfer this summer and, given the financial repercussions in the football industry caused by the global health crisis, such players are expected to be in demand.
Fraser joined the Cherries in January 2013 from Aberdeen and has made 208 appearances for the south coast club, claiming 24 goals and 33 assists in that time, according to Transfermarkt.
He was especially impressive last season for Bournemouth, registering seven goals and 14 assists in the Premier League.
This season, prior to the football shutdown, Fraser wasn’t quite on the same level as last term – one goal and four assists – but there still appears to be plenty of interest in him, particularly as his contract is up in the summer.
According a report in 90min from March, Arsenal had reignited their interest in the Scotland international from last summer, while Tottenham and Everton are also contemplating approaches for him.
The Mirror then went on to claim earlier in May that Fraser is interested in the Tottenham link and feels the Champions League-chasing North Londoners could offer him a big step up from Bournemouth.
Fraser may not be considered a marquee signing which would instantly generate a huge buzz around Arsenal, but given current events, he’d be a decent option who’d also save the Gunners a lot of money.
Should he rediscover the form which saw him move into the spotlight last season, he could be an incredibly useful asset to Mikel Arteta, and given he has extensive Premier League and Championship experience, he wouldn’t need getting up to scratch with the English game.
Arsenal legend and Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas rates his compatriot highly as a footballer, having previously described him as a “little pocket dynamo” with “creative, natural talent”, which is something to also be taken into consideration by the Gunners regarding his talent and potential.