Leicester City could land their next Harry Maguire this summer in the shape of Stoke City defender Nathan Collins.
What’s the story?
According to the Daily Express (via Leicestershire Live), the Foxes are interested in signing the 20-year-old over the upcoming transfer window after impressing throughout 2020/21.
The report also claims that fellow Premier League clubs Arsenal and Burnley are keen on the £15m- rated Collins as the race for his signature intensifies.
Next Harry Maguire
Brendan Rodgers has already made significant steps to try strengthen his squad in recent weeks, with deals for Boubakary Soumare and Odsonne Edouard nearing completion.
Another young star who the former Liverpool and Celtic boss reportedly wants at the King Power Stadium is Collins.
The Republic of Ireland under-21 international impressed at Stoke last season, making 27 appearances in all competitions, becoming the club’s youngest-ever captain in the Carabao Cup win over Wigan and achieving a respectable WhoScored rating of 6.82 in the process.
A serious injury in February cut short the youngster’s maiden campaign in senior football, but it doesn’t appear to have put off any potential suitors.
The 20-year-old showcased his versatility last term, featuring at right-back on 10 occasions, making him an ideal signing for Rodgers, who likes to alternate between a back four and a back five.
Collins’ magnificent displays at the Bet365 Stadium earned high praise from team-mate and compatriot James McClean, illustrating the quality and potential of the Leicester target.
“The lad has a big future in the game. Being a teammate of his at Stoke it’s great for Stoke, and at international level, it’s good for Ireland going forward,” said the 32-year-old winger.
“Without putting too much pressure on him, I think he’ll have a big career.”
The last time the Foxes took a gamble on an imposing British centre-back plying his trade with a Championship club, things worked out pretty well.
Harry Maguire was a Leicester player for just two seasons, joining after Hull’s relegation in 2017, but he made the club around £65m in profit. If Collins can get anywhere near the level of the current Manchester United captain, then his potential arrival at the King Power will surely go down as another hugely astute purchase from Jon Rudkin.
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