Arsenal transfer rumours: Rob Holding and Mauro Icardi linked

Rob Holding of Bolton
Image: Rob Holding could be on his way to the Emirates

Which are the most credible Arsenal transfer rumours right now?

Sky Sports has teamed up with Football Whispers to bring you the hottest transfer talk of the moment, as Arsene Wenger looks to improve his squad ahead of the upcoming Premier League season.

Football Whispers have developed a unique algorithm to take all of the transfer rumours from across the globe and calculate the likelihood of them happening.

They track transfer stories and give them a score out of 5.0, with the hottest Whispers closest to 5.0.

The top three are:

1. Rob Holding (Bolton) - 4.9

Arsenal are closing in on the transfer of Bolton Wanderers defender  Rob Holding, according to reports.

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - MAY 16:  Rob Holding of England U21 during the England U21 Training Session and Press Conference at St Georges Park on May 16,
Image: Reports suggest Arsenal have had a bid of £2m accepted by Bolton

The 20-year-old reportedly travelled to London on Monday for a medical and to finalise personal terms after a bid in the region of £2m was accepted by Bolton.

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Holding, an England U21 international, has played only 30 times for Bolton and could be Arsene Wenger's third signing of the summer.

2. Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) - 4.5

Mauro Icardi, attaccante argentino dell'Inter
Image: Mauro Icardi is a reported £46m target for Arsenal

Inter Milan striker Icardi has been regularly linked with a move to the Emirates this summer with Arsene Wenger desperately looking to add a striker to their squad.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Gunners may have to put up £46million to prise the Argentina international away from the San Siro.

3.  Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) - 4.5

Lyon's French forward Alexandre Lacazette
Image: Alexandre Lacazette continues to feature on the Football Whispers rumour list for Wednesday

After scoring 21 goals in Ligue 1 last season, Lacazette has attracted the attention of Wenger. His rating continues to fluctuate, but the Frenchman remains in the top three of the Football Whispers charts.

Sky sources understand West Ham are still interested in bringing Lacazette to the Olympic Stadium, but they have not made an improved bid to match his reported price tag of 52m euros (£43.5m).

So, will the Gunners dig deep to bring this proven goalscorer to the Emirates?

Hottest Arsenal whispers - Wednesday, July 20

Player Club FW rating (out of 5)
Rob Holding Bolton 4.9
Mauro Icardi Inter Milan 4.5
Alexandre Lacazette Lyon 4.5
Gonzalo Higuain Napoli 4.1
Julian Draxler Wolfsburg 3.9
Matthias Ginter Borussia Dortmund 3.0
Jason Denayer Manchester City 2.8
Carlos Bacca AC Milan 2.5
Romelu Lukaku Everton 2.1
Jeison Murillo Inter Milan 1.8
Arda Turan Barcelona 1.7
John Stones Everton 1.6

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