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Stoke City face the prospect of losing starlet Nathan Collins amid interest from the Premier League, according to The Sun.
Alongside Burnley, the 19-year-old is attracting the interest of top flight giants Arsenal who are said to be keen on a move for the talented central defender.
While a move may not materialise this month, it would certainly be hard for the youngster to ignore the Gunners’ advances, but would he be a good fit for Mikel Arteta’s side?
The team at FLW have their say…
First and foremost, I think Arsenal’s defence definitely needs strengthening and that’s needed to happen for a good two or three years now.
David Luiz is getting older and Sokratis has recently left the club, so bringing in a young defender like Nathan Collins would be a decent move.
He’s done well at Stoke over the last year and a half, and has made a fair share of appearances under Michael O’Neill this season.
Whilst I don’t particularly feel that he is ready to make such a step up to a big club like Arsenal, I also get the feeling that he could be one for the long-term.
£10m seems like a bargain considering how good he could be in the future.
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I think this would be a smart move from Arsenal as it would add some more youth to their backline.
Collins is a player who still has his best years ahead of him as a professional and I believe his development would continue well if he were to move to North London.
There’s no doubt that he has all the hallmarks of a good defender at Championship level but I think a move to the Gunners would be with a view to loaning him back out straight away to either a second tier or first division club.
Stoke would surely demand a significant fee for the player and I would say they should only sell if the Premier League side meet their asking price, which I would say is far more than £10 million.
I think it’s a good deal for all involved.
Collins gets a big move to a big club and certainly has the potential to be a hit at Arsenal.
He’s capable of playing in a number of roles and it’s obvious he’s only going to get better.
It’s a blow for Stoke, for sure, but they are getting decent money for him, particularly in the current financial climate, and I think they’ll be able to use that well as they bid for the play-offs.
Finally, Arsenal are likely going to benefit too as he’s another young player heading there that could become a star.
There are some good youngsters at Arsenal and Collins should fit in well.