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According to The Daily Star on Sunday (06/06, p43), Arsenal now face a battle with Leicester City for the signature of Nathan Collins.

Last week, The Sun claimed that Stoke City were waiting for Arsenal to make a move for Collins having held a long-standing interest.

This latest report again notes that Arsenal are still keen, but Leicester are looking to swoop in and take him to the King Power Stadium.

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Who is Arsenal target Nathan Collins?

Collins, 20, joined Stoke from Cherry Orchard in 2016, and has now become a first-team player with the Potters.

At 6ft 4in tall, Collins is a huge physical presence. This past season, the youngster made 22 appearances for Stoke.

On the international stage, Collins plays for Ireland but has yet to earn a senior cap.

The report notes that Stoke want a huge £15million fee for Collins.

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Harry Maguire comparison

Back in February this year, Stoke youth coach Richard Walker suggested that Collins was comparable to Manchester United star Harry Maguire.

Leicester of course signed Maguire themselves in 2017, and finding the next Maguire could be appealing.

Right now, Arsenal don’t have the budget to go and buy a Maguire. Maybe finding a young player they can develop into a Premier League starter is the best way to go.

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