Leeds United bid to sign Arsenal ace collapses after talks

By Wayne Veysey

31st Aug, 2020 | 12:16pm

Sources: Leeds bid to sign defender collapses after talks held

Leeds United have pulled the plug on their pursuit of Arsenal defender Rob Holding, Football Insider understands.

The Yorkshire giants are in the market for a second centre-back recruit after signing Robin Koch from Freiburg at the weekend.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider the club have ended their bid to prise Holding, 24, from Emirates Stadium after preliminary discussions this month over a deal.

The Yorkshire giants believe Arsenal set too high an asking price for the former England Under-21 international.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are likely to look to the overseas market once again after also drawing a blank in their Ben White pursuit.

Leeds submitted three bids of up to £30million for their 2019-20 loan sensation but Brighton refused to sell to a club they regard as a rival.

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By contrast, Arsenal are willing to let Holding go as he is not a first choice in their team and they need to raise cash for further signings.

The 2016 signing from Bolton Wanderers made 23 appearances in all competitions for the London giants last season but only six league starts.

During his four years at Emirates Stadium, the England Under-21 cap has played 78 times for the club without really establishing himself as a first choice.

Bielsa’s preference is to sign a young centre-back who has he can mould into his team’s style of play and has his best years ahead of him.

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