Arsenal’s reported hopes of signing Nathan Collins have been dealt a blow, with Stoke on Trent Live reporting that his asking price is likely to be considerably higher than first suggested.
It was The Sun who reported at the weekend that the Gunners want Collins. It was suggested that Burnley, Crystal Palace and Manchester United were all also admirers of the 19-year-old.
The Sun claimed that the Potters want more than £10 million for the teenager. But an offer of that amount could be enough to lure the centre-back away. TEAMtalk meanwhile, stated that £15 million was the price.
However, it appears that that would actually not be the case. Stoke on Trent Live has now suggested that Stoke would want silly money for Collins.
And they claim that the £10 million figure goes nowhere near the actual asking price.
TBR View: Arsenal’s interest surely put on hold amid fresh reports
Arsenal do not appear to desperately need a young centre-back. Mikel Arteta has Gabriel Magalhaes and Rob Holding a few years away from their primes. Meanwhile, William Saliba will surely be in contention to feature from next season.
Arteta also has Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers in his ranks. So there looks to be little need to break the bank for a youngster to play at the heart of the defence.
Collins certainly looks to be a really exciting talent. And plenty of Stoke fans were adamant that he is destined for the top.
However, The Sun’s report claimed that Arsenal would need to raise the funds to just meet that initial asking price.
And with silly money now required, it has arguably become even more difficult to imagine Collins ending up at the Emirates anytime soon.