Arsenal to reportedly offer £22m for Celtic's Kieran Tierney
Arsenal are reportedly set to try and lowball Celtic with a £22m offer for Kieran Tierney.
According to the Daily Record, the Gunners are still confident of landing the teenage superstar. Despite having a £15million offer rejected, the North London side are still apparently set to come back in with another offer eventually.
Celtic have already reportedly set their price for Tierney at £25m (Daily Mail). Just yesterday, reports about a major swoop from Napoli surfaced in the Scottish Sun. The Record believes that Arsenal may have been a tad spooked by that, and are trying to accelerate their move for Celtic’s number one left back.
A bid is expected in the next 48 hours from Arsenal. Then again, when Napoli’s increased interest surfaced yesterday, a 48-hour bid was also to be expected.
The Record has also stated that new signing Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo is a direct replacement for Tierney. If that’s the case, all roads point to a deal being done one way or another.
£22m remains an insult from Arsenal
Celtic shouldn’t be accepting anything less than their valuation for their young prodigy. After all, the Gunners reportedly made an opening offer of £40m for Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha (BBC). They have money to spend.
Therefore, Celtic need to continue pressing for what they believe to be Tierney’s valuation. If a club like Benfica can lose Joao Felix to Atletico Madrid for £113m (BBC), we can lose Tierney for £25m.
Unfortunately, however, yesterday’s signing of Mbombo seems to clear things up a little. Celtic wouldn’t have spent solid cash like £3m on a second-choice left-back (The Herald). It really does increase fears that the club will do a deal for Tierney, and that will be that.
If a deal does get done too, it will be difficult to swallow. Tierney has in the past spoke about being a one-club man at Parkhead (The Herald). Whilst that was always going to be a big ask, you would’ve liked to have thought he would at least stay for the 10.
In any case, Celtic hopefully won’t be letting him go for anything less than the figure they demand. It’s time we started to get rough in the transfer market, and to be fair to the club, we seem like we’re doing just that.
Many will now be expecting to see the Hoops full-back depart in the coming weeks. But so long as Arsenal keep offering bids below our valuation, you never know.