Although Arsenal are in the process of offloading a number of players this month, one who is unlikely to go anywhere in January – or indeed this year – is Kieran Tierney.
However, this hasn’t stopped the rumour mill from linking the Gunners full-back with a surprise move away from the Emirates Stadium.
According to The Telegraph, Napoli have made the 23-year-old a long-term target after missing out on him at the start of last season.
The outlet claims that, while the Italian giants are looking elsewhere this month for a short-term solution at left-back, Tierney is one they’ve earmarked for the future.
Tierney joined Arsenal in 2019 from Celtic in a reported £25million deal, arriving at the Emirates Stadium to much fanfare given his heroics for the Scottish Premiership team.
He has established himself as a key player in Mikel Arteta’s defence and is going from strength to strength, his consistency standing out even during the Gunners’ struggles earlier this season.
Last week, Marsh tipped the “great” Scot to potentially move to a “big club” at the end of the season:
>Young Tierney looks great at Arsenal. Could move to a big club at the end of the season…..
— Rodney Marsh (@RodneyMarsh10) January 9, 2021
And, in response to the Daily Mail’s article on the report, the Manchester City legend said the following:
>Napoli are not a bigger club than Arsenal…..
— Rodney Marsh (@RodneyMarsh10) January 11, 2021
Tierney has been one of Arsenal’s best and most consistent players, shining amid a sea of mediocrity earlier this season and now looking more inspired than ever as the team gets back on track.
He is obviously in Arteta’s long-term plans, given his age, talent, attitude and leadership skills, and any interest from potential suitors is likely to be rejected right away.
Besides, as Marsh says, Napoli aren’t really a bigger club than Arsenal, so even if the Gunners were – hypothetically – to green-light an approach, why would Tierney even consider such a move?