Arsenal’s hopes of landing Ryan Fraser on a free transfer could have suffered a blow with Champions League-chasing Galatasaray reportedly entering the race for his services, according to Turkish outlet Takvim.
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.
Tottenham have also been linked with the Scotland international (The Mirror), and now Takvim claims that Galatasaray are interested in his services, with Nigeria international Henry Onyekuru set to leave on loan from Monaco until the end of the season.
Gala are just three points off the top of the Turkish Superlig table and will fancy their chances of leapfrogging Trabzonspor and Istanbul Basaksehir en route to the title when the league resumes next month.
With free agents set to be in high demand this summer in wake of current events, it’s unsurprising to see Fraser – a player who has shown he can deliver at top-flight level – being linked with the likes of Arsenal, Spurs and now Galatasaray.
It’s a worrying development for the Gunners, who are eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the table, albeit with a game in hand, and come the end of the season, may not be able to offer Champions League football.
It all depends on what Fraser is after, really – the prospect of instant European football and immediately being able to challenge for a league title is appealing, but he could potentially want to remain closer to where he is now, say for family reasons, and continue playing in one of the strongest leagues in the world.