Arsenal have reportedly made a second offer for Celtic’s Kieran Tierney.
It’s been several weeks now since their first offer of £15million was booted out the door. Now, however, according to the Sunday Mail, the Gunners have finally come back with a £25m package for the Hoops full-back.
The Sunday Mail believes that not all £25m will be paid up front. Instead, much of the cash comes in appearance add-ons. Celtic, meanwhile, are apparently mulling over the offer this weekend. Any decision on the apparent offer has yet to be revealed.
Tierney is currently sidelined as he continues his recovery from double hernia surgery. He hasn’t played in any of Celtic’s pre-season matches, or indeed the Champions League qualification match against Sarajevo. Neil Lennon has yet to put a timescale on his return.
But even so, that evidently hasn’t stopped Arsenal from coming back in with an offer. The ball remains in Celtic’s court.
Celtic’s Kieran Tierney should still be going nowhere
If Arsenal’s full £25m isn’t paid up front, Celtic should send the bid back down south. It would prove that the club means serious business over talents like Tierney. Trying to shimmy around the asking price shouldn’t be tolerated from the Hoops.
It doesn’t matter if it’s Arsenal, Barcelona, or PSG – the asking price is there. Regardless of how big a club you are, you have to meet it in order to gain Tierney this summer. The price of Arsenal’s offer up front hasn’t been revealed. But if it’s less than the club is asking for, again, we shouldn’t bow down.
It’s worth bearing in mind that Arsenal made an opening offer of £40m for Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha (BBC). If they can splash that out on Zaha for an opening offer, they can give us what we want up front.
Turning down this second bid would send out the right message. It could also be the case that Arsenal drop their interest too, which would be fantastic for the club.
Work has been made easy by the act that Tierney hasn’t been in the newspapers or other media angling for a move. The Daily Mail believes he’s interested. Even so, however, he certainly isn’t trying to make life difficult for Celtic.
So we’ll see what Celtic decide to do here. Rejecting it once more, however, would certainly send out the right message to suitors.