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Arsenal transfer news: Ryan Fraser in the dark amid claims Man Utd were priced out of move

By James Richards

Published: 15:36, 10 June 2019

Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser admits he is unsure about his future at the club amid reports linking him with a move to Arsenal.

The Scottish international is the subject of much transfer speculation after an excellent season on the South Coast with the Cherries.

Where will Ryan Fraser move this summer? Five things you should know…

  1. Fraser joined Bournemouth from Aberdeen in 2013 for an undisclosed fee believed to be £400,000.
  2. The winger was directly involved in 21 Premier League goals for Bournemouth in 2018/19, scoring seven and recording 14 assists.
  3. Several clubs have expressed an interest in signing the 25-year-old.
  4. The Cherries are reportedly holding out for £40m for his services.
  5. The player admitted he doesn’t ‘know what is happening’.

Bournemouth are not willing to let Fraser go on the cheap and are reportedly holding out for a fee close to £40 million. The club will have to give 20% of any fee to Scottish Premier side Aberdeen as part of the player’s original move to the club.

The 25-year-old is entering the final year of his contract and talks about a new deal have stalled prompting the Cherries to look at offers.

Arsenal are another ‘big-six’ club with an interest in the wide man but the player has admitted that he is unsure of what is happening.

“The lads have been asking,” he told BBC Sport while away on Euro 2020 qualification duty.

“I don’t know myself so there’s no point thinking about it, wherever I’ll be, I’ll be. I don’t know what is happening. I’m not just saying that.”

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The Gunners are thought to be the front runners after Manchester United were forced to look at other targets with reports suggesting they have been priced out of the deal by Bournemouth.

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solsjaer, has been left frustrated by the exorbitant fees being asked by clubs for British talent making it very difficult for the Red Devils to go ahead with their rebuilding plans.

Arsenal are, however, yet to make a bid with transfer talk purely speculative and Fraser has admitted he is just concentrating on enjoying his football.

“Wherever I’ll be, if it’s Bournemouth or if it’s at somebody else, then all you can do is try your best and enjoy football,” he added.

“If you think about anything else, I’ll probably have a bad game.”

The Scottish international is coming off the back of an excellent season at the Vitality Stadium having netted seven goals and registered 14 assists in the Premier League.

In fact, only Chelsea’s Eden Hazard registered more Premier League assists than the Bournemouth man during the 2018/19 campaign and after seven seasons on the South Coast, it could be the right time for a new challenge while the club can also demand a decent fee.