Report: Arsenal set to offer Celtic star Kieran Tierney £4m-per-year contract

By David Walton

June 24, 2019

Arsenal are reportedly set to offer Celtic star Kieran Tierney a whopping £4m-per-year contract to move to London.

Negotiations continue to persist between the Emirates club and the Hoops. And, according to the Scottish Sun, Tierney has a staggering contract waiting for him if there is a breakthrough in negotiations.

Last night, Arsenal reportedly had a second bid for Tierney rejected according to the Times. They believe that the second bid, however, was still way short of Celtic’s asking price. The Times also believe that Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell won’t budge for less than club record for a single sale.

The Kieran Tierney situation is turning into a saga (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Moussa Dembele broke that record last summer when he completed his £19.7m move to Lyon (BBC). The Times, however, also think that Celtic are looking for at least £25m for their star man.

It comes just days after the Daily Mail reported that Tierney wanted to get the chance to speak to Arsenal. And, if he does, it appears there’s a meaty £4m-per-year deal waiting for him. The Sun also state that the deal would be a five-year one, giving Tierney a life-changing sum of money.

£4m-per-year will be tough to turn down

If Arsenal truly want Tierney, you feel they can get him. Celtic are clearly willing to listen to offers if they reach a certain amount. It’s not as if the club are showing the same stance they reportedly did to Leicester for Callum McGregor (Sunday Mail).

Is Tierney prepared to give all of this up? (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It’s still difficult to see Tierney telling Celtic he wants a move there. But if he’s truly going to be faced with such an incredibly life-changing contract, he has an emotional decision to make.

Does he accept the mega-money available to him to set him up for life? Or does he toss that all away for a chance to be immortalised at Parkhead by winning 10-in-a-row? Not one player has been defined as Mr Celtic more than Tierney for a long time. He grew up supporting the club, and understands everything from the club’s roots to its expectations to how supporters feel. He knows all there is to about Celtic.

Special Champions League nights at Celtic Park would be no more for Tierney (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Nobody knows the current wages he’s on at Parkhead. It won’t be pennies, but it won’t be the kind of sum Arsenal are reportedly dangling either. And losing Tierney to Arsenal after they flash the cash would pretty much sum up the world we’re operating in. It’s a grim and unforgiving one.

Arsenal, of course, can’t offer Tierney that deal until Celtic are satisfied. As of yet, we’re not, and with a bit of luck, Arsenal will drop their interest after the second bid was rejected.