Forget Carrasco, Arsenal eye move for £30m assist king

Arsenal have reportedly made Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser a priority transfer as the club are having second thoughts about signing Belgium ace, Yannick Carrasco.

Carrasco is said to be in talks with the Gunners and confirmed that he was looking to leave Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang after spending 18 months with the club.

However, it is reported that Arsenal manager Unai Emery prefers a wide forward that understands the Premier League.

The Daily Mirror claims that Fraser is high on the list for the London club who are preparing a bid for the 25-year-old. Fraser enjoyed an outstanding campaign for Bournemouth finishing the season with 14 assists second only to Eden Hazard (15).

The Scotland ace is said to be valued by Bournemouth at around £30 million and the club are willing to cash-in on the player whose contract expires next summer.

Arsenal are cash strapped and have given Emery a budget of £40 million for new signings and a number of players could be sold to finance new arrivals.

Fraser is a decent player who has the ability to improve the attack of the Gunners. The diminutive forward has raw pace with the ability to provide excellent crosses to the box.

His style of play would fit ideally with Emery high pressing game which is similar to the style Eddie Howe employs at Bournemouth.

It remains to be seen whether Arsenal would be able to secure the forward, as several clubs are said to be interested in his service.

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