Bournemouth released a statement to clarify that a contract offer remains on the table for Ryan Fraser amid interest from Arsenal.
Fraser enjoyed a breakthrough campaign last season to help Bournemouth keep their top-flight status for a fifth season. He scored seven times and assisted on 14 occasions, which made up 37% of the club’s Premier League goals.
Therefore, Arsenal have reportedly expressed an interest in signing Fraser in a potential £30m deal. Although they may be able to lower that price as the 25-year-old will be out of contract next year.
The Scotland international has stated he would be happy to remain at Bournemouth. However, the club’s supporters have been left feeling uneasy over his reluctance to sign a new deal.
Now, the Cherries’ chief executive Neill Blak has released a statement to confirm they are doing all they can to keep their star man.
“Much has been written and spoken about the future of Ryan Fraser, as his contract with AFC Bournemouth heads into its final 12 months,” read the statement.
“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 had 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.
“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.”