Chelsea join Arsenal in transfer race for bargain assist king Ryan Fraser

CHELSEA have joined Arsenal in the transfer race for bargain assist king Ryan Fraser who is willing to quit Bournemouth this summer, according to reports.

The Scottish international recently admitted that rumours linking him with a move have affected the stunning form he showed at the start of the season.

The midfielder has just 12 months left on his existing contract and has not scheduled further contract talks with Eddie Howe's side after rejecting an offer last year.

The 25-year-old was identified by Unai Emery as a key transfer target for the Gunners, but the club now faces competition from Chelsea and Spurs, according to the Mirror.

The former Aberdeen star previously admitted he was flattered by Arsenal's interest with his manager then conceding the midfielder could leave the South Coast.

Although Fraser recently admitted his contract situation has affected his form, he has still achieved an outstanding seven goals and 13 assists in the Premier League.

Premier League Assists this season

1. Ryan Fraser – 13

1. Eden Hazard – 13

3. Christian Eriksen – 12

4. Andrew Robertson – 11

5. Leroy Sane – 10

5. Raheem Sterling – 10

The Cherries star is currently joint top of the assists chart with Eden Hazard, ahead of the likes of Christian Eriksen, Andrew Robertson and Raheem Sterling.

Fraser also comfortably tops the list for 'big chances created' in the league this season with 24, nine ahead of the next challenger.

The midfielder added to his impressive stats in the Cherrie's 3-3 draw at Southampton, after teeing up Callum Wilson for Bournemouth's late equaliser.

The Scot would be a highly-sought after free transfer next summer with the Cherries facing a decision whether to cash in on him or risking losing him for free in 12 months.

Asked recently about being linked to Arsenal, Fraser replied: “I'm not going to lie, it's very nice.

“It means you are are doing something right.

“They are a huge club, a massive club.”

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