Arsenal held negotiations with 6 ft 4 in English defensive rock

The London giants have a few different needs going into the summer market, as they need to add footballers for the future as well as now.

The departure of David Luiz does open a gap in the back-line that most fans assume will be taken by William Saliba, but it’s still possible that he could be loaned out again next campaign with a move to Newcastle United being touted.

It would then make sense to either go for an absolute upgrade in the position or adding another young talent who could push for a first-team spot, and Stoke City centre-back Nathan Collins is certainly gaining a lot of admirers.

He’s one of the best defenders in the Championship despite his young age and £15m would be an affordable amount for the Gunners to pay, but you have to think he would have more opportunity of playing regularly for Burnley or even Leicester City if that was his main motivation at this stage.

The Gunners main needs just now are adding to the first-team squad so it wouldn’t make sense to do this if they planned to loan both Nathan and Saliba back out, but it’s another name for Arsenal supporters to keep an eye on.