BBC Sports News journalist David Ornstein has provided an update into Arsenal’s pursuit of Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney.
Arsenal have had a bid rejected for the player, and as yet have not returned with a second bid. Appearing on the Arseblog Arsecast podcast, Ornstein said that there is ‘a deal that’s there to be done’ for the player.
“Have to get to the asking price”
“We know they are primarily focused on Kieran Tierney. It’s a deal that’s there to be done, but Arsenal have to get to the asking price, or strike a deal” he said.
So really, not much has changed regarding Tierney. Any club that is interested in Tierney has to meet Celtic’s asking price. So far, no club has done so.
The matter could be complicated by the fact that Tierney is currently still recovering from his hernia injury. However, any club that wants the player will still need to meet Celtic’s asking price.
No guarantee that he will remain a Celtic player
Whilst it has gone relatively quiet on the Tierney front, that does not mean that he is guaranteed to be at Celtic next season.
There has to be a concern that a bid from Arsenal or another interested party could come in towards the end of the transfer window.
That is something Celtic may be expecting, and will make a contingency plan for. However, a club must meet the asking price. The longer it takes for that to happen, the more likely it is that Tierney will remain a Celtic player.