Burnley have finally agreed a deal for their long-term target Nathan Collins.
According to Burnley Express, the Clarets have agreed a £12 million fee with Stoke City to sign their highly-rated defender.
The Telegraph’s John Percy has also confirmed that Burnley are close to signing the 20-year-old centre-back.
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) June 22, 2021
Collins is an exciting young talent who is also capable of playing at right-back. The young Irishman made his debut in April 2019 and signed a new five-year contract at that time.
Stoke City had demanded around £10m for Collins and Burnley’s offer left them with no choice but to accept.
Burnley needed to move quickly, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Leicester City also vying for his signature.
Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move for Brighton & Hove Albion star Ben White, while Leicester need a long-term replacement for Jonny Evans.
United are searching for a partner for Harry Maguire but appear to be targeting more experienced options than Collins.
Meanwhile, Burnley defender James Tarkowski continues to be linked with a move away from Turf Moor.