Arsenal are confident of bringing Ryan Fraser – a player also linked with Tottenham Hotspur and Everton – to the Emirates Stadium once his Bournemouth contract expires, according to a report in Teamtalk.
The 26-year-old winger 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.
Fraser was especially impressive last season for Bournemouth, registering seven goals and 14 assists in the Premier League.
While this season hasn’t been quite on the same level as last term – one goal and four assists – 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 have reignited their interest from last summer, while Tottenham Hotspur and Everton are also contemplating approaches for the Scotland international.
However, the Teamtalk report claims that Arsenal now feel they’re the frontrunners for Fraser’s signature, adding that the Gunners “do not have a huge transfer fund”, therefore Fraser fits the bill as a soon-to-be free agent.
Fraser may not be considered a marquee signing which would generate a huge buzz around Arsenal, but with a current £27,000-a-week salary (Spotrac) and potential to be snapped up on a free, he would be a relatively inexpensive gamble for the Gunners.
Should he rediscover the form which saw him move into the spotlight last season, he would be an incredibly useful asset to Mikel Arteta considering the small outlay, 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 fans regarding his talent and potential.