According to Sky Sports News, Arsenal have launched an improved bid for Kieran Tierney but Celtic have turned it down. The Gunners are now ready to pay £25m for Tierney but Celtic have rejected their proposal.
The transfer fee is not the main sticking point here. But Arsenal need to overcome the hurdle of the payment structure. Celtic are reportedly unhappy with the upfront fee Arsenal are willing to pay and would prefer more to be paid now and less in add-ons.
Tierney is one of Celtic’s key players. He is a boyhood Bhoys supporter and he came through the academy at Parkhead. With well over 150 games to his name already in his career, the 22-year-old is rated as one of the best young defenders in Europe.
Celtic have Tierney tied down until summer 2023 so there is no immediate demand to sell him. And so far, Neil Lennon’s men have held firm, rejecting Arsenal’s latest £25m transfer bid.
Arsenal need Kieran Tierney
Unai Emery knows that left-back is becoming a priority for Arsenal. He wants an attack-minded full-back for the left flank to operate at left-back or left-wing-back depending on the situation.
Nacho Monreal’s future is up in the air and Sead Kolasinac needs another player to rotate with. This is why Tierney has become a pressing concern for Arsenal – but they will need to agree with Celtic on a payment structure.
If Arsenal continue to stall, they could end up missing out on their top left-back target. Napoli are also keen to sign Tierney, according to this report by Sky Sports News.
Kieran Tierney could be tempted by Andrew Robertson’s success
One factor that could tempt Tierney to the Premier League is the success of fellow Scotland team-mate Andrew Robertson. The Liverpool star has made his name in England and now has a Champions League winners’ medal to his name.
Tierney would get higher wages at Arsenal and the chance to compete for silverware in England. But the North London outfit will only land him if they can compromise with Celtic over this transfer.