According to The Sun, Arsenal have tabled £1.2 million for young Bolton centre-back Rob Holding. Arsenal have long been reported in the centre-back and have made a bid hoping it won’t go the same way the chase of then Bolton captain Gary Cahill went .
Cahill was then Wenger’s first choice yet the deal wasn’t finalised due to the Gunners reluctancy to pay other the odds for a player who had only one year to run on his contract . Cahill would then sign for Chelsea for £6 million with four months to run on his contract in January 2012.
Another problem with Arsenal’s offer is the low fee of £1.2 million which cannot be compared with the high fee associated with young English talents as the £40 million Chelsea offered for 20-year-old John Stones comes to mind.
With the relegation of Bolton to the League One, Arsenal believe is that the North West club will be forced to part with the defensive jewel, which is highly unlikely as the player is not on a high wage hence Bolton may be forced to retain him. Also Bolton might reject Arsenal’s offer with the hope of getting a bigger offer from another club as Holding is a special talent.