Arsenal are plotting a £25 million move for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney.
Arsenal are planning to bring in defenders during the summer transfer window in order to strengthen their backline. The Gunners’ problems have always been at the back shipping 37 goals from just 27 games in the Premier League.
It is fair to say that the backline is no way near the standard required for a top four side. The reason for the calamity at the back is not because of the player’s improvement, but the quality available at stack which has been questioned at times by the fans to Unai Emery.
Many players including Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi, and Sead Kolasinac have improved under the Spaniard. But, there is no doubt that there is room for improvement by bringing in new players in those positions.
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Arsenal are long-term admirers of Kieran Tierney, but he has stayed loyal to Celtic and loved working with Brendan Rodgers.
A piece on what Rodgers’ exit could mean for Tierney ahead of a summer when Arsenal will move for a left-back. https://t.co/aF2LNgp7l9
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According to the Mirror, Arsenal are reportedly plotting a move for Celtic’s left-back Kieran Tierney. The Scottish International has been one of the mainstay defenders for the Celts over the last few years and has established himself in the Scotland squad, by playing second fiddle to the Skipper Andy Robertson.
It is claimed that Unai Emery’s side is ready to meet Tierney’s valuation who has another four years to run down his contract at Scotland. Since making his debut for the club in 2015, he has gone on to make over 150 appearances for the club.
— SBOBET (@SBOBET) February 27, 2019
🎙️ Kieran Tierney: “It felt great to be back. Everybody that’s had an injury before knows it’s a frustrating time. But it’s also a time to sit back, reflect and work hard. That’s what I’ve done the last two months.” pic.twitter.com/YnXg5j6Inm
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 24, 2019
Tierney has been watched by many Premier League sides in the past, but they were not able to entice him from Celtic because of the fantastic relationship he enjoyed with former boss Brendan Rodgers. There is no doubt the quality available at stack for the defender who has age in his side as he will turn 22 before the summer transfer window kicks on.
Everton are the other side to register interest on him. But the Blues already have Leighton Baines and Lucas Digne at disposal which means that the possibility of signing Tierney is very less.
Unai Emery has been playing plenty of formations with either three or four at the back when he is required to tweak the tactics according to the opposition. Sead Kolasinac is an excellent full-back, but his defensive contributions must be brought into consideration. There is every chance that Tierney could replace the Bosnian if the Gunners decide to sign him in the summer window.