Arsenal transfer target Ryan Fraser has almost agreed a contract with an unnamed club, according to reports. Tottenham are also in the mix for the out-of-contract Bournemouth winger.
Fraser’s current deal at the Vitality Stadium expires at the end of June and he will not sign an extension to stay at the south coast club.
And according to Football Insider, the 26-year-old is already close to agreeing terms with a new club – though the specific club is not specified.
They say through a source that the Scotland international has all but agreed a deal to end a seven-and-a-half year stint with Bournemouth.
North London rivals Arsenal and Spurs are both keen and the former sought to sign him last summer, but a £30million move did not transpire.
A speculation-filled summer affected his form at the start of the current campaign and he has only produced one goal and four assists in 28 Premier League games in 2019-20.
That’s after managing seven goals and 14 assists in 38 matches last term, with such form having sparked Arsenal’s interest 12 months ago.
But despite his form having dropped, his availability on a free will no doubt be attractive to Arteta, who is expected to have limited funds available to him this summer.
Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell thinks Fraser – who can play on either flank or as a No 10 – would be a great addition for the Gunners.
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He told Metro.co.uk: “You can get Ryan Fraser on a free transfer, his assists for Bournemouth were double figures last year, I know he suffered injuries but he’s still been having a decent season.
“That’s playing for Bournemouth, when you’re playing for Arsenal, he’s going to get more of the ball in the positions he wants and give more opportunities, because there’s a lot more threats for Arsenal than some of these other teams.”
Campbell also thinks Arsenal should pinch Chelsea’s Willian on a free.
The Brazilian is out of contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of the season and can play in a variety of attacking roles like Fraser, though he will turn 32 in August and is paid around £120,000 a week – compared to Fraser’s £27,000-a-week salary.
“There’s talk of Willian, I like Willian, there’s still a lot of life left in him,” he added.
“He actually suits what Mikel Arteta wants to do, playing in a three, he’s got pace, he can beat people, he can score goals and we could get him on a free, and he’s experienced.
“It ticks all the boxes, but I know some Arsenal fans saying, “We don’t want Chelsea’s cast-offs”, but he’s not a cast-off.
“The problem with Chelsea is they’ve got young players coming through who need to play, who know now is the time where [Frank] Lampard’s come in with Jody Morris, it’s the transition where they have to play them now.
“Whereas Willian is 31, still got life in him, he’s a similar age to [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, no one is saying Aubameyang is over the hill, so how can Willian be over the hill? It doesn’t make sense.
“If we haven’t got the money to spend in the transfer market, let’s get these guys on free, get them motivated and get them playing. That’s what Mikel Arteta’s got to do, and he realises if he hasn’t got the war chest then he’s going to have to move smart.”
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