Stoke City defender Nathan Collins, is reportedly monitored by Arsenal and could consider making a move for the player in the coming months. And based on a report, the Potters have placed a £15 million price tag on the highly-rated defender. Arsenal is not the only club interested in Potter, with Burnley having submitted a £4.5 million bid for the Irishman that was rejected by Stoke. The 19-year-old Collins has seen his goods rise this season, with 19 appearances in the Championship for Michael O’Neil’s team.
Even if he has also been deployed on the right flank of defense on occasion, Collins plays predominantly as a center back. His versatility and composure on the ball have led to interest from Premier League clubs. Stoke understands that their priced asset might want to move to a side in the first division but they are determined to get a premium price from his sale, as well as potential add-ons. It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will follow up on their interest in Collins. However, Nathan Collins’ development might be best served by remaining at the Bet365 Stadium. He will have time to improve his game, rather than push for a move to a bigger club where regular playing time might not be guaranteed.
To 9th place in the table and they will now be aiming for a top-four finish, Arsenal’s recent run in the Premier League has propelled them. The Gunners showed great determination to come from behind and register a victory in their clash against Southampton on Tuesday. This will put them in buoyant spirits ahead of the visit of Manchester United.
The Red Devils come into the game on the back of a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Sheffield United and will be keen to get back to winning ways. The previous game between the two sides ended in a 1-0 victory for Arsenal with a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty settling the fixture at Old Trafford. A win for Mikel Arteta’s side will boost their chances for a top 4 finish while a defeat would see the Red Devils lose further ground in the race for the Premier League title.