Despite it looking like Ryan Fraser will spend next season with Bournemouth, the winger has yet to agree to a new deal there.
The 25-year-old is out of contract in 2020 and the Cherries are known to want to hold on to him, so much so that they’ve offered him a new long-term deal. Aware that he could leave for nothing next summer, however, they seem willing to sell him this summer for around £30m.
Aberdeen will receive 20% of any transfer fee in their sell-on clause after he moved south in 2013.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with him for some time now and the player has spoken about Arsenal’s interest.
Neill Blake, Bournemouth chief executive, clarified the club’s position:
“Much has been written and spoken about the future of Ryan Fraser, as his contract with AFC Bournemouth heads into its final 12 months.
“As is the club’s policy, details regarding contract negotiations or transfer activity are kept confidential and do not enter the public domain.
“However, following some recent reports I felt it was imperative to speak publicly and provide balanced clarity on the situation.
“The offer of a new long-term contract has been on the table for Ryan for some time.
“In September 2018, at the request of Ryan’s representative, negotiations were paused to allow the player to focus entirely on his football.
“He went on to have an outstanding season, with seven goals and 13 assists helping the club secure a fifth successive season of Premier League football.
“During that time, I have been – and continue to be – in regular dialogue with Ryan’s representative, and have made it clear to both him and the player that our contract offer remains on the table.
“Quite simply, Ryan is a fantastic player and an integral part of our squad. We look forward to welcoming Ryan back to us next month after a well-earned break, upon which he can focus on having another standout season for AFC Bournemouth.”