Frank Lampard ‘approved’ Chelsea transfer offer before hierarchy ignored request

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard reportedly approved an offer for Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser in January but the club opted not to submit a bid.

The talented winger is out of contract at the end of the season and will be free to sign for another club.

Bournemouth are keen to extend his stay but Fraser looks ready to test himself at a bigger club.

According to The Athletic, Chelsea boss Lampard was keen to offer him a way out in January.

Lampard approved an offer but when it came to making their move the Stamford Bridge hierarchy opted against making one.

Chelsea’s dithering could be Tottenham and Arsenal’s gain this summer with Fraser likely to become available.

Ryan Fraser looks set to leave Bournemouth at the end of the season
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Both clubs are said to have been tracking his progress as they look for cheap additions to their squad for next season.

However, The Athletic claim both north London sides aren’t currently viewing him as a priority.

Spurs are looking at other free agents with transfer funds restricted following the coronavirus pandemic.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have bigger targets to chase and are concerned he may struggle to make the step up to a top-six side.

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Instead, the likes of Crystal Palace and Watford are reportedly looking at trying to prise him away from the Vitality Stadium.

Newcastle and Everton have also been linked with the 26-year-old in the past.

Last month former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness claimed he won’t be short of options with any Premier League club willing to gamble on the Scot.

“Well, I think given no-one will have the same spending power this summer –…