Arsenal Get Boost In Chase For 19-Year-Old Championship Defender

Burnley have had a bid for Arsenal target Nathan Collins rejected by Stoke City, according to a report by the Burnley Express………Arsenal Get Boost In Chase For 19-Year-Old Championship Defender

The 19-year-old centre-half has turned heads with his showings for Michael O’Neill’s Potters side and is now the subject of strong interest from the Premier League

Mikel Arteta’s team are admirers of Collins and keen to take the player to the Emirates Stadium to strengthen their defensive options.

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Sokratis has already left the club to join Olympiacos while Shkodran Mustafi has been linked with a transfer away from the Emirates as well.

In addition, the Gunners is unlikely to continue with David Luiz, whose deal expires at the end of the season. The Brazilian star could potentially be joined by another defender Calum Chambers through to the exit door in the summer.

Nathan could, thus, provide some necessary competition for the likes of Gabriel Magalhaes, Rob Holding and Pablo Mari.

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He could also become a part of a growing pool of youngsters who have been carrying the London side’s hopes and exceptions over the past year.

Burnley though are also eyeing Nathan and the Clarets have gone in with a proposal, placing a bid with Stoke City for the defender as they look to get ahead of the competition.

The bid is reported to have been worth an initial £4.5 million and it has been knocked back by Stoke, who want in excess of £10 million.

He also has further admirers in the top-flight with Crystal Palace claimed to be keen, while Manchester United are also keeping a close eye on the teenager.

Stoke plucked Nathan from the Irish side, Cherry Orchard, two years ago and he has been capped by the Republic of Ireland up to U21 level.

The Potters have the star under contract until the summer of 2024 and the defender has made 19 appearances in the EFL Championship so far this term.

 

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