Four of the five Bournemouth players whose contracts are about to expire have agreed to and signed extensions, enabling them to play for the club for the rest of the Premier League season. The situation required all clubs to find such solution regarding the soon-to-be free agents, as the last few rounds are scheduled to break through the end of June deadline.
The one player that refused to do so is winger Ryan Fraser, and manager Eddie Howe revealed in a press conference today (Friday) that the Scottish winger won’t be involved at all anymore. He only wants players fully focused on the battle against relegation which his team is now facing.
Arsenal have been linked with Fraser for a while now, among other clubs. The 26-year-old is a decent enough player, with significant Premier League experience, who could make a contribution if he were to be added to the existing team. Given that he won’t be playing again this term, his final numbers for 2019/20 stand at 32 appearances for the Cherries in all competitions, in which he scored once and assisted four times. The numbers are not that impressive, but this is a highly responsible player, defensively very active, whose overall contribution is sometimes not easily measured.
However, Arsenal face the possibility of parting ways with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer. The captain hasn’t been willing to put pen to paper on a new contract so far, while his current one expires next year. It only stands to reason the club would want to sell him now to avoid losing him for free, unless he commits again.
And while signing Fraser, in itself, seems like a very shrewd deal for a club whose finances aren’t that great (it seems nobody’s are at the moment, except Chelsea’s), it is to be hoped that he isn’t viewed as a potential replacement for Aubameyang.
It’s hardly necessary to go into the reasons.