The one reliable source of transfer information has spoken, and it is good news for us Gooners.
BBC Sport’s David Ornstein, affectionately referred to as “The Ornacle,” has claimed that Arsenal have been in touch with Celtic over the potential transfer of defender Kieran Tierney.
The Scottish international has been in our sights since last season, and according to Ornstein, we have not only touched base with the Scottish side, but also have had a bid rejected to the tune of around £15m.
Ornstein went into further detail, stating that Celtic are looking at £10m more than our original bid, and Tierney will be in demand should his availability go to the highest suitor. That means that our negotiations team have some work on their hands.
Tierney has been Scotland’s premier left-back since 2016 after making his Celtic debut the season before. He has amassed more than 100 appearances for the Hoops in a little more than four seasons, but it is his rampaging runs down the left flank, as well as a firm grasp of his defensive duties, that has a host of clubs after his signature, as well as us.
He has played in the role of centre-back previously for Celtic, but plying his trade solely in the Scottish Premiership does present doubts over his quality and his ability to step up to the Premier League.
Unai Emery and Raul Sanllehi must be convinced though, to have lodged an official bid. It has been well known that our recruitment team and coaches have wanted a new left-back. Nacho Monreal is pushing toward a swansong in Spain, and Sead Kolasinac seems better suited to a role further forward, rather than anything with a defensive bent.
Tierney seems to be a good blend of both, and his age lends itself to a more stabilised backline for a good number of years.
Given that this news has stemmed from David Ornstein, we can perhaps look forward to this transfer with a little more expectation than the rest of the transfer nonsense that comes from the daily news.
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