Arsenal Transfer News: Unai Emery prioritizes a defender and tells board to sign him
Unai Emery is very keen on Celtic’s left-back Kieran Tierney.
Arsenal are readying a bid to sign Kieran Tierney from Celtic in the summer transfer window. The Scottish defender has a contract until 2023 with the Celts and it would require a fee of 20 million upwards to sign him.
The Gunners left-back position has been catastrophic, with Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal failing to impress the Spaniard. The latter signed a one-year contract, but he has been playing as a centre-back in the back three. Albeit playing as a full-back, Kolasinac has been susceptible in both ends of the pitch. It makes sense to bolster this department as they crave for a Champions League spot.
According to Daily Mail, Unai Emery has convinced the board to sign the talented Kieran Tierney from Celtic. The Scottish Champions are anticipating a bid in the upcoming days for their best defender.
It would require a fee of around 20 million to lure him away from Celtic Park and the Spaniard is ready to break the majority of the transfer amount on his services. The Gunners’ failure to bring back Champions League football disabled them to spend higher in the summer transfer window.
The Red Devils were also coy on the 22-year-old, but the contract extension for Luke Shaw has closed the door for Tierney. Previously, Everton were also hoping to sign him, but they opted for Lucas Digne instead.
Kieran Tierney broke through the academy ranks of Celtic and has made 170 appearances for the senior side. He provides solidity in the defensive and offensive areas of the pitch.
Unai Emery was previously interested in Yannick Carrasco, but Dalian Yifang refused to budge and demanded no lesser than 30 million. This put them off and Arsenal have shifted their attention towards other cheap alternatives.
Here’s how Twitter has reacted..
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) June 20, 2019
— Daily Record Sport (@Record_Sport) June 19, 2019
Talks ongoing between Arsenal and Celtic over Kieran Tierney, will cost around £20m-£25m. We’ve been told that the #AFC board are confident in signing the player this summer. Emery likes him. pic.twitter.com/yqdgUSO845
— London Sources™ (@LondonSources) June 19, 2019
Arsenal would have to make an offer of around £20m to sign Tierney, who’s contracted until 2023, with Emery seeing that outlay as a shrewd investment, with a bid potentially coming Celtic’s way ‘in the coming days’. [Mail] #afc pic.twitter.com/k5ueB2Cihg
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) June 19, 2019
Unai Emery is reportedly a massive fan of Kieran Tierney and wants Arsenal to bid £20m for the Scottish left-back.
Interesting to see if the lad is willing to sacrifice Champions League football for the chance to play at the Emirates! 👀 pic.twitter.com/iIPsgbxQCe
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) June 19, 2019
Arsenal will be focussing on defensive signings, which has been the major conundrum over the last few years.