Wolves join Aston Villa and Leeds United in pursuit of £40million rated Burnley defender

Collins is proving a highly sought after figure in this summer transfer window.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have joined West Midlands rivals Aston Villa and fellow Premier League club Leeds United in pursuit of Burnley’s young and highly rated defender, Nathan Collins.

That’s according to Sun journalist Alan Nixon who states that the Clarets have slapped a huge £40million price tag on the 21-year-old Republic of Ireland international.

Collins is being linked with Villa

Collins has been a highly sought after man following Burnley’s relegation to the Championship with Villa, Leeds United and Leicester City all reportedly expressing an interest in his signature.

And now it seems as though Bruno Lage has joined the race as he looks to make his first signing of the summer at Molineux.

The Daily Mirror reported just last week that a fee of around £25million would be enough for the Championship outfit to let their young star go but the added interest appears to have boosted the price-tag to £40m.

It’s a huge ask for any club to pay that amount of money for a man that has just 19 Premier League appearances to his name and it’s a fee that may well put off the Wolves hierarchy who are often extremely savvy with their spending.

With that said, the defender looks like he is only going to improve and is racking up an impressive amount of international experience at a young age.

The 21-year-old played every minute of all four of Republic of Ireland’s recent Nations League fixtures and will be keen to stay in England’s top flight to boost his chances of staying a mainstay in the side.

What has Vincent Kompany said?

New Burnley manager Vincent Kompany cast more doubt on the Irishman’s future at Turf Moor when posed the question in a recent interview.

“Who knows that question where I’ll even be in 10 days,” he said.

“I don’t know that myself so we will see what happens.”

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