Arsenal are back on the trail of Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser, according to the Daily Mirror.
Reports emerged back in May that the north London club were keen on the 25-year-old, but then they quickly turned their attention towards Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.
But having seemingly been priced out of a move for the Ivory Coast international, Unai Emery has reignited his interest in Fraser ahead of the start of the new Premier League season.
Fraser’s contract is set to expire next summer, with the Scottish wide man not any closer to signing an extension following Bournemouth’s statement about the situation last month.
With the transfer window closing in a month, Bournemouth will surely want to avoid getting caught up in Arsenal’s games here.
When you look at Fraser’s stats from last season, he will be difficult to replace. He provided the second most amount of Premier League assists (14) behind Eden Hazard and was just a chance creating machine in general.
Averaging 2.4 key passes per game, only three other players Willian (2.5), Hazard (2.6) and James Maddison (2.8) made more (as per WhoScored).
With that being significantly more than what the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan (1.2) and Alex Iwobi (1.1) at Arsenal averaged, it is not hard to see why Emery would want Fraser.
However, Bournemouth would surely find it difficult to replace that sort of calibre late in the transfer window. As Rangers manager Steven Gerrard recently pointed out regarding Alfredo Morelos, it can be almost impossible to replace a star player with just days or weeks remaining in the transfer window.
Bearing that in mind, the Cherries will probably not want this saga to drag on any longer.
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