AFC Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser is currently set to leave Dean Court at the end of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.
The Scotland international is out-of-contract during the summer of 2019 and can leave the south coast on a free transfer.
AFC Bournemouth have openly admitted that they are keen to see Fraser sign a new contract, as the 25-year-old hasn’t signed a contract extension with the Cherries since the beginning of 2017.
According to spotrac.com, Fraser currently earns £27,000-a-week but has so far turned down attempts to re-sign with AFC Bournemouth with a reported £100,000-a-week offer on the table back in March 2019.
That figure has once again been doing the rounds in the British media, with the Mirror stating that “The Scot is asking £100,000-a-week from Bournemouth to re-sign for Eddie Howe’s Cherries”, with the tabloid linking Fraser with a potential move to Liverpool.
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HITC have also reported that Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton have all previously been linked with an interest in Fraser.
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe remains hopeful that he can still persuade Fraser to remain at Dean Court but admits that decision remains the choice of the winger.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
“In terms of his contract, that’s obviously for him to decide what he wants to do with his future,”
“We would love him to stay and commit to us. But if not, we need to get the best out of him between now and the end of the season.
“We’ve had conversations with Ryan to try and persuade him to stay, but at the moment, he’s keeping his options open on that one.”
Fraser recently confessed that he is missing former team-mates following their departures from the club, in particular, Marc Pugh.
Fraser told the Daily Echo…
“…We’ve lost some big players over the last couple of seasons which, especially for me, has been hard because obviously he’s (Marc Pugh) a very good friend of mine. The new faces have come in and done well, but it just takes time…”
“…Me, Shaun MacDonald and Wes Fogden always used to do stuff together.
“So obviously losing one and then we keep losing them and then last season was hard – I used to go and have a coffee with Pughie, but it wasn’t like that. So you end up just going home and doing nothing.
It sounds deeper than Fraser just missing friends, to me, it’s about team spirit and togetherness. That’s what created such a brilliant team and squad. I don’t think it can be replicated in the premier league.
We were fortunate and privileged to see something of truly epic proportions. It will never be repeated. Team spirit and togetherness can’t be bought. The key factor was the points deduction and the pulling together that followed. Fletch was the seed crystal. The energy source. Triumph through adversity. Necessity being the mother of invention. That sort of thing.
I don’t believe that players who earn such unimaginable amounts can have that same desire and collective passion. Eddie is doing his best by bringing in young players from lower divisions, but we are in a whole different ball game. We have had post promotion momentum, so do wolves and Sheffield United. But once that runs out and key players leave the option that calls is to morph into stoke or West Brom. Because staying in league division one becomes the be-all and end-all. We are good enough because there are teams much worse than us. Because it’s now about reaching a fairly low points total to guarantee survival. Once that is achieved or pretty much achieved, there is no necessity. No urgency. That’s what the premier league has done. – Join the conversation, click here.