Arsenal to firm up their interest in Fraser
Arsenal will reportedly make a move to sign Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser after their Europa League final clash with Chelsea next week.
The Gunners will face off against Maurizio Sarri’s Blues in Baku after an impressive European run.
Despite a somewhat lacklustre domestic campaign, Arsenal have beaten some pretty tough teams in the Europa League.
Those include sides such as Rennes, Napoli and Valencia in the knockout stages.
And, despite their European campaign having not concluded yet, Arsenal have been linked with a plethora of transfer moves this summer.
One of them is Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser, who has been linked with a move to the Emirates for several months.
Now, according to one report, Arsenal will make their move for Fraser after the Europa League final.
Will Arsenal get their man?
That report originates from the Independent, who claim that Arsenal ‘plan to firm up their interest’ after the clash with Chelsea in Baku.
Fraser’s contract is set to expire in 2020 and he could potentially leave for free next summer.
As such, Bournemouth are understandably eager to tie him down to a new deal.
However, ‘negotiations between the two parties have stalled and there is an acceptance at the south coast club that it would be better to sell Fraser than risk losing him on a free transfer next summer.’
Despite the short amount of time left on his deal, Bournemouth are holding out for a fee ‘in the region of £30 million’.
Finally, the Independent claim that Arsenal are hopeful of signing him for less than that and ‘are also increasingly confident of avoiding a bidding war for the player’.
Arsenal & Chelsea have sold a shockingly low number of Europa League final tickets
While the Europa League final is no doubt set to be an incredible game, there won’t be many fans there to see it.
With the logistics of the final in Baku, ticket sales are low.