Arsenal look set to miss out on yet another transfer target with Premier League rivals Burnley expected to see a £12 million bid accepted by Stoke City for Nathan Collins, as reported by The Sun.
With funds tight at the Emirates and the lack of European football devastating their hopes of luring established, big-name players to North London, it seems Arsenal have taken a leaf out of West Ham’s book by turning their focus to exciting up-and-comers who have made their names in the Championship.
Identifying those transfer targets is one thing.
Buying them, however, is proving to be a far more difficult task.
Aston Villa won the race for Norwich City play-maker Emi Buendia this week, paying a club-record £33 million for a twinkle-toed Argentina international who, alongside Jack Grealish, could make Dean Smith’s side the most potent chance-creators in the division.
Don’t be surprised to see Ollie Watkins break the 20-goal barrier in 2020/21 with those two wreaking havoc behind him.
Another Emi Buendia situation for Arsenal?
After missing out on Buendia, The Sun reports that another Championship talent could also be about to slip through Mikel Arteta’s fingers.
Arsenal were interested in the 6ft 4ins Collins; a towering and commanding central defender who has blossomed into one of the league’s very best at the age of just 20.
Stoke were waiting for offers from a club of Arsenal’s stature.
But The Sun believes that Collins will be heading to Burnley instead, with the Potters ready to accept a £12 million bid that will make Collins the fourth-biggest signing in Burnley’s history.
The Republic of Ireland U21 international looks a readymade replacement for contract-rebel James Tarkowski, with Leicester set to make a new bid for the Clarets’ number six.