Arsenal losing bartering battle for Player of Year

Arsenal appear likely to miss out on Rob Holding’s signature, with the club’s far from close to price-agreement.

The Gunners are claimed to have made an initial offer of £750,000 for the 20 year-old, which has been turned down, with the sides valuing the defender on completely different scales.

The Trotters are claimed to be in want of £7 Million for their young star, while the North-London side are only willing to go as high as £2 Million.

Tottenham are also believed to have joined the race to sign Holding, although he is said to favour a switch to Arsenal.

The centre-back was chosen to win the Bolton Player of the Year award, but with only one year remaining on his contract, looks likely to leave the club after enduring relegation to League One for the coming season.

His club are in financial straits, and are likely just trying to bump up his price-tag, but the situation is hardly in their favour. £2 Million sounds like a fair price for a young player who has just been relegated to League One, and is in the last year of his contract.

Should Bolton stand firm on their valuation, they will likely end up losing him for even less money in the following window, or even for a development fee at the end of the new season.

It is not yet known where Holding would slot into the Arsenal squad should he seal his move, with Gabriel, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny  and Calum Chambers in the first-team squad vying for action currently.

Will Arsenal make more funds available for the youngster or will Bolton budge first?

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  1. Why are Tottenham always obsessed with signing the same players as us ? They try so hard to be Arsenal but they’ll forever be in our shadow

    1. What if this player becomes the new England boss of defence and we end up losing him. Letting theme have Kane back when he was a kid is bad enough. Losing him for nothing in today’s market would be shambolic.

  2. Hahaha … Player of the Year!
    So Who else thought that this was about Mahrez, then? ?

    Anyways! .. Bolton are having a laugh with their 7 million valuation of Rob Holding, The 2 million offer seems more than fair to me, considering the first offer was £750,000.
    The fact that Bolton got relegated, I’m surprised that they managed to find a player to win that award, which doesn’t really justify the youngsters ability or their valuation!
    Never the less, that was a Clever bit of thinking from Bolton’s behalf. ( wenger would have been proud of that one)

    You would have thought that Chilwell and Holding combined wouldn’t even cost 7 million ?

  3. This is an interesting trend
    in the Arsene transfer policy.
    Spend 25-30 mill on a crucial
    CDM Xhaka yet offer 1 mill
    for a crucial CB Holding.
    Its like when the club spent 42 mill on a CAM Ozil
    yet spent $0 on a crucial DM Flamini
    and $0 on a crucial striker Sanogo.
    The club seems to go so far but not far enough.
    retaining players like Diarby Wilshere (injuries)
    should have stopped long ago.
    Rosicky Arteta Flamini sanogowill finally go now
    but Walcott Ox Gibbs Mertesacker Cazorla (injuries)
    will probably stay a while longer.
    A little more courage is needed.
    Cut the dead wood loose and buy a top CB
    and striker and we are there.
    is the same policyy.

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