Friday 10 June 2016

North Londoners 'on edge' of completing deal for highly-rated star

Arsenal are ready to make Rob Holding, the Bolton Wanderers defender, their second signing of the summer transfer window after agreeing a fee for his signature, according to a report in the Express.

Holding, an England Under-21 international, is expected to make a high-profile move this summer after an impressive breakthrough season at Bolton and as per reports from Football Insider, the north Londoners will sign the 20-year-old for a modest fee of £1.5million. This deal includes performance-based add-ons. Arsenal have already brought Granit Xhaka to the Emirates this summer.

The England-born defender was a rare glimmer of optimistic in a disastrous season for the relegated Bolton and subsequently he picked up the club's Player of the Season by supporters.

The north Londoners are genuinely in a position to challenge for the Premier League title this coming season with a few key additions.

This is not a question of numbers of player added to the squad, the Emirate squad is more than big enough, and rather, “I think it’s a question of quality.”

With a few additions, with only couple of players that can come in and improve not the squad but the Gunners starting eleven, Arsenal could have a team that can win the Premier League next season.

Holding is a very talented youngster. At only 20-year-old, the defender does have potential. That said, he is not a center half who will improve the players that the Frenchman already has at his disposal.

The 20-year-old has played his entire career with the Trotters apart from a short loan at Bury in 2015 and at the age of seven, he first joined the Bolton’s academy working his way through their ranks before earning his senior debut last year.

After featuring for England's under-21 side as they won the 2016 Toulon Tournament title, the Gunners will be getting their hands on a major prospect, who recently made his return from France.

Arsenal fan account Renato recently posted footage of the calm and composed figure in action, who looks set to make the move to north London:
It's unlikely that Wenger will consider the England under-21 an immediate challenger for the first team should he sign, but as Per Mertesacker approaches his 32nd birthday and Calum Chambers' first-team role falls under scrutiny, the Emirates outfit are likely to consider reinforcements of his calibre.

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