Former English footballer Danny Mills believes that the Kieran Tierney valuation has been nowhere near reached.
Celtic reportedly have a £25m valuation of their star-man (Daily Mail). Arsenal have yet to have had a bid accepted to speak to him. But Mills believes the Scotland international’s real price-tag should be much higher than that.
The Hoops are still locked in a transfer saga with the Gunners with no end to it in sight. The end of the English transfer window may be several weeks away yet, but that means nothing with how quickly things can move on a deadline day.
But, as it stands, Celtic still hold all the aces. And Mills, speaking on Alan Brazil’s Breakfast Show on TalkSPORT (17/07, 06:00), Mills believes Arsenal should be throwing the cash our way.
“Realistically £35-40m for Tierney would be about the ball park. When you go in ridiculously low – if you want a player but go in low it doesn’t say you really want this player.
“Wan Bissaka was ridiculously over-priced. I’d say £35m-£40m for Tierney would be fair.”
We all know we won’t get the true Kieran Tierney valuation
We know how the game works up here. You’re never truly considered a £40m player until you’ve gone down to England and played a couple of good games. It’s always been the same, and Tierney won’t be any different.
The fact Arsenal seem as though they’re hesitant on paying as little as £25m for a player of Tierney’s ilk tells you a story. They do clearly want the player, but they don’t seem to want to part with their money either.
Mills’ point about Arsenal not wanting Tierney won’t be true. But it could make Tierney think twice about how much Arsenal really are trying to push the boat out to get him. Because, if we all face the facts, Arsenal could have Tierney whenever they decide to pay the going rate. They just appear to be valuing their money more as it stands.
It’s refreshing to hear this kind of opinion from down south. Usually it’s all arrogance and dismissiveness from our English neighbours, but Mills seems to be one of the rare few that knows how good Tierney is and could be in the future.
With Andy Robertson being the perfect comparison, hopefully Celtic continue to drive a hard bargain and refuse to be lowballed as they have done so far.