BOURNEMOUTH are reportedly willing to let Ryan Fraser go for free next summer instead of selling him to Arsenal now.
The 25-year-old Scottish winger has emerged as one of Unai Emery’s top targets as he plots an overhaul of his squad on a limited £45m transfer budget.
Fraser has entered the final 12 months of his Cherries deal meaning the club would need to cash in now rather than risk losing him for nothing at the end of the season.
However, the Daily Express claim the South Coast outfit are considering letting him run down his deal due to his importance to Eddie Howe’s side.
The star provided 14 assists during a stunning campaign last time out to attract the attention of the Gunners.
And he remains high on Emery’s shopping list despite Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha being the No1 target.
Arsenal had a £40m bid rejected by the Eagles, who are demanding double that.
Fraser has already spoken of his honour at being linked with the North London giants and has admitted he has no idea where he will be playing come the Premier League kick-off in August.
Speaking last month, he said: “The lads have been asking.
“I don't know myself so there's no point thinking about it, wherever I'll be, I'll be.
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“I don't know what is happening. I'm not just saying that.
“Wherever I'll be, if it's Bournemouth or if it's at somebody else, then all you can do is try your best and enjoy football.
“If you think about anything else, I'll probably have a bad game.”