Ryan Fraser is now just ten months away from being about to walk away from AFC Bournemouth as a free agent and sign a new contract with another English club.
In that scenario, AFC Bournemouth would receive no transfer fee, but Ryan Fraser and his advisors/agents will receive, most likely, a rather large sign-on fee.
This is player power at its most obvious, the advantages of pulling a “Jean-Marc Bosman”.
Over the course of last season, the media were discussing Ryan Fraser’s future on a very regular basis, he was often linked with Arsenal and when Fraser went away on international duty with Scotland, he was always quizzed on the matter.
Every single word that Fraser spoke was analysed and turned into a new article. It got to a point that in June, AFC Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake released a statement laying down the current situation.
The statement worked because until now there had been very little in the way of speculation surrounding Fraser.
During the summer AFC Bournemouth signed 22-year-old Netherlands international Danjuma, a player who could well turn out to be Ryan Fraser’s potential replacement.
However, whilst his arrival could have been the final domino to fall towards Fraser’s departure and AFC Bournemouth perhaps cashing in, Fraser remained on the south coast and started the season as a key member of the Cherries side.
A drop of form however saw him lose his place in the starting XI against Everton, but he came off the bench to see his deflected miss-hit free-kick deflect into the back of the net as the Cherries beat Everton 3-1.
So with his place in the AFC Bournemouth starting line-up not guaranteed, what does the future hold for the 25-year-old Scotland international?
It would appear that he continues to have potential suitors.
A report coming via 90min has suggested that…
“As well as Arsenal, the likes of Everton, Chelsea and Wolves have all shown an interest in the Premier League’s shortest player, while he is also being watched by clubs on the continent.
“Fraser famously turned down Ajax for Bournemouth back in 2013 but, as it stands, he will be free to discuss a move with foreign sides as early as January.
Could Fraser leave the English Premier League for a move to Europe? Or will he be persuaded to stay, as the very same report also added…
“Bournemouth are prepared to give Ryan Fraser a new contract worth as much as £100,000 a week, in order to keep the winger at the club amid heavy transfer interest.”
AFCB Lost in Brum wrote…
The whole weird episode hasn’t ever felt quite right.
Fraser’s not only missed out on a huge lump of cash but simultaneously his form has dropped and he’s become a moaning faceache on the pitch.
Now he doesn’t have the value he did a year ago and the big payday might only arrive if he’s happy bench-warming at a big club.
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