With the signing of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach done and dusted, it appears Arsenal have reached an agreement for what will be their second major summer signing. According to reports, Arsenal have had a bid accepted for the signing of highly rated Bolton Wanderers’ centre back Rob Holding. Arsenal were last month said to have made a bid of £1.5 million for the player which was rejected. New reports claim Arsenal went back with a bid close to £3.5 million which has now been rejected by Bolton for the player.
Should the report be true, it will mean Rob Holding will be Arsenal’s second summer signing, if he passes his medical that’s. He was the subject of a £750,000 bid from Arsenal last summer which was rejected and for Arsenal to have actually bid three different times for him, it shows the club sees something in him.
The Arsenal of old will normally give up once a bid is rejected for their target but this is not the case with Holding. And watchers of the English lower division leagues will know exactly why this is so. Holding was one of the best players in the Championship last season. And this is despite the fact that Bolton as a team did badly and were relegated to the League one.
The report went further to state that the highly rated centre back will be put on a wage back of £30,000 a week which is relatively cheap considering the ridiculous wages the likes of Fabian Delph, Solanke and co are earning at their clubs.