Arsenal set to allow £15m exit of defender amid interest from British side

Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger is only willing to permit centre-back Rob Holding to leave the Emirates for £15m, according to a story.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche is allegedly keen on signing the 22-year-old, however, the club made no offers for the centre-half in January.

The Sun now claims that Wenger will let Holding leave, however, Dyche will have to pay significantly more than the £4m offer he had in mind.

He has begun his career at Bolton Wanderers and has played 15 games for Arsenal since moving to the club in 2016.

The North Londoners started February with a 5-1 rout of Everton, which played impressive displays from January signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have reportedly joined the hunt to land Hoffenheim star Kerem Demirbay during the January transfer window.

Demirbay’s displays have drawn interest from teams across Europe this campaign, with the 24-year-old having scored two goals and made four assists in his 18 leagues and Europa League games.

Demirbay’s form earlier in the term also earned him a maiden call-up to the Germany team, winning his first two caps and netting his first goal for his nation in June.

Everton have earlier been linked with the player, and Newsmondo now stories that Arsenal could battle with the Toffees for his services this month.

The North Londoners are looking to reinforce their midfield options given the uncertain contract situations surrounding Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere, while the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla are currently out through injury.

The midfielder has helped Hoffenheim to be seventh in the Bundesliga standings so far this campaign, just two points off the Champions League spots.