It appears that Stoke City may have a battle on their hands to keep hold of impressive teenager Nathan Collins, who has turned heads in the Premier League.
The 19-year-old has been a regular in Michael O’Neill’s side this term and helped the Potters move to within reach of the top six.
Arsenal are among the sides understood to be keen on Collins but with the end of the January window fast approaching, they’re running out of time if they want to bring him to the club this month.
With that in mind, we’ve examined all the latest information to outline whether a move is likely to happen this month.
What do we know so far?
According to The Sun, Arsenal are keen on the central defender but face competition from a host of other Premier League sides, with Burnley, Crystal Palace, and Manchester United among those touted with an interest.
It is understood that the Gunners have set their sights on Collins and that bids could be made this week for the Irishman.
The report claims that it will take an offer of more than £10 million to prize the teenager away from Stoke, though it seems the Clarets are set to push hard for him.
It is believed that the Turf Moor club see him as the ideal replacement for James Tarkowski and with the backing of new owners ALK Capital could sign him before their centre-back is sold.
The defender’s current deal at the Bet365 Stadium is set to run until the summer of 2024, which puts them in a strong negotiating position.
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Is a move likely to happen this month?
You have to think that if Arsenal’s interest in Collins is serious enough then they’ve got a great chance of landing him this month, despite Burnley’s stance.
He may have more of a chance of breaking into the first team at Turf Moor but the draw of the north London club will surely be huge.
Even so, I can’t see the Gunners signing Collins this month.
They already have two young and talented centre-backs in Gabriel and William Saliba, so signing another player that’s unlikely to be ready to make an impact straight away seems unlikely – particularly as Rob Holding penned a new deal recently as well.
In the summer they may feel it’s the right move but I can’t see them paying a January premium for the teenager, as they likely will have to.