Manchester United are reportedly keen on signing 22-year-old Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Nathan Collins.

Nathan Collins joined Wolverhampton Wanderers for a fee of around £20.5 million at the start of the season, and he has done quite well for the Molineux outfit. A report from Tribal Football claims that Manchester United technical director Darren Fletcher is a fan of the defender and has urged Erik ten Hag to sign the 22-year-old last summer as well.

It remains to be seen whether Manchester United submit a formal offer for the defender at the end of the season. The Red Devils need to add more depth at the back, and Collins could prove to be a quality long-term acquisition.

Manchester United could lose players like Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof in the summer. The two players have not had regular game time this season, and they need to play more often at the stage of their careers. If they look to move on in the summer, Manchester United will have to bring in adequate replacements.

They cannot hope to go into a new season with Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez as the only reliable defenders. Collins would be a quality long-term investment for them. The Wolves defender has the potential to develop into a top-class Premier League player, and a move to Manchester United could accelerate his development.

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The 22-year-old will learn a lot from experienced campaigners like Varane. So it remains to be seen how the situation develops. Wolves will not want to sell a key player at the end of the season. But Manchester United have the financial resources to tempt them.

Furthermore, the young defender could have his head turned by the interest of the Red Devils. Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world, and a move to Old Trafford would be a major step up in the player’s career.

Fletcher knows the defender well, having played with him at Stoke City. But it remains to be seen whether he can convince Erik ten Hag to splash the cash on him. Wolves paid £20.5 million for him, and they could look to make a substantial profit this summer.

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