Celtic have turned down a bid worth £25 million for left-back Kieran Tierney.
Celtic have refused to accept a £25 million worth from Arsenal for their left-back Kieran Tierney. It is also murmured that the Celts are not happy with the construction of the deal, but not the amount the Gunners are willing to shell out in the hopes of landing the left-back.
The English side are battling to land him and even an earlier bid worth £15 million turned down by the Scottish Champions. Since Unai Emery’s negotiation team was told to increase the bid, the Europa League runners up tabled extra £10 million which does not put Celtic’s mind at rest.
Sky Sports say that Celtic are not happy with the structure of the deal and want more cash up-front rather than add-ons. The exact amount which Arsenal are willing to pay up-front are unknown, but the reason has been cleanly cited.
The Gunners were unpleasant through the left-back position and need an upgrade, without any hesitation. Sead Kolasinac has been defensively susceptible and does not produce much output in the offensive areas of the pitch, though he doesn’t track back properly. Nacho Monreal has played as a centre-back in the back three most often because of his slow legs.
By stitching the flaw cognizance of those two left-backs, a move for Kieran Tierney appears to be ideal. The young energetic full-back has already made 171 appearances for the Celts at the age of 22. The defender, who was restricted to just 22 games due to hernia problem, is currently recovering from surgery.
Arsenal will have to battle out with Napoli, who are also showing interest on the defender. The Italian side are in shortage of a young left-back and a move for the Scottish International could be on the cards in this transfer window.
Here’s how Twitter has reacted..
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) July 14, 2019
— Goal (@goal) July 15, 2019
— Chris McLaughlin (@BBCchrismclaug) July 13, 2019
Arsenal’s latest bid was submitted to Celtic on Friday and Kieran Tierney is keen for the move to happen. It is complicated by the breakdown and nature of the instalments Arsenal are proposing – but there remains optimism that the transfer will be completed #AFC #CelticFC https://t.co/biLr8DOSdx
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) July 14, 2019
Neil Lennon on Kieran Tierney’s injury:
“He’s still injured and he’s rehabbing. He had a double hernia and he still has the Osteitis Pubis problem so it’s a slow burner that one”.
Lennon also confirms there’s been no fresh bids for the left-back. pic.twitter.com/n6CYJpmLvs
— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) July 12, 2019
Arsenal are trying to upgrade their squad to push for Champions League qualification next season. A move for Tierney looks likely, although the Gunners need to reconstruct the deal if they land him.