Date: 8th May 2019 at 6:40am
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The Premier League “big six” have been linked with numerous AFC Bournemouth players over the past year.

Callum Wilson, Nathan Ake, David Brooks and Ryan Fraser have regularly been reported to be targets for the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal.

None more so than Scotland international Ryan Fraser who is about to enter the final year of his contract with AFC Bournemouth.

Ryan Fraser’s current deal ends at the end of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign. That would mean that the pacey winger could leave Dean Court on a free transfer.

The Cherries are most likely wanting to avoid that scenario and if they cannot agree a new contract with Fraser, they could well look to sell during the summer transfer window.

British tabloid newspaper The Mirror believe that is the most likely scenario.

The report added…

Fraser knows he would be a highly-sought-after free transfer next summer when he is available on a free.

But he is increasingly up for a move this summer while his stock is so high.

The tabloid linked Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea with interest.

When quizzed about the liklihood of summer departures on the south coast, AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told Sky Sports

“I think I’ve said it at the end of every season that we need to keep our best players. We’ve been able to do that to this point and this will be our biggest summer in terms of doing that.

“I’m confident that we can and it’s really important that we do because we want to head the other way rather than lose the nucleus that we have.”

It was an upbeat interview, not unexpected considering it came immediately after an upset victory against Tottenham Hotspur with a 90th minute Nathan Ake goal, but it was a more positive interview considering it was a very different tone just one month ago.

Howe concerned Fraser will leave following Arsenal speculation

Written by thegazzyb

That sounded to me as though Fraser leaving us is far from a given. Maybe we are going to offer Wee Man what he is asking for ? I was thinking earlier, going to Arsenal doesn‘t make it much more likely that he will win anything than if he stayed here ( based on recent history ). At least here he got to win The Championship.

Maybe if we meet his demands he might prefer to stay here. I can‘t see Arsenal winning any trophies in the foreseeable future and at Arsenal there would always be the risk that he could be consigned to the bench for long periods. So if playing football is a big thing for Wee Man ( and it seems it is ), why risk moving to Arsenal ? Now if Liverpool or Man City came in for him I could see good reasons to leave and would wish him well. But Arsenal ? Is that really the dream ticket ? If it‘s not just about the money then surely it could be a viable option to stay here, repeat or improve on this season‘s performance and then move to a potential title winning team for even more money ( for him and us ) next summer ?

The way Eddie spoke today it sounded as though Fraser staying was still very much in our plans, so maybe Wee Man‘s leaving is not a foregone conclusion after all ?

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dj_silver wrote…

I have been reliably informed it is a done deal to Arsenal. Told two weeks ago by a mate who was told by a former player, still at the club. The fee is the one thing I questioned, £48,000,000!!! Seems a tad high. – Join the conversation, click here.

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