David Ornstein, the BBC Sports news correspondent, is highly respected when it comes to Arsenal. Therefore, a recent Tweet of his regarding Arsenal’s pursuit of Kieran Tierney makes intriguing reading.
Ornstein has confirmed that Arsenal had a ‘opening’ £15 million bid for the player turned down. However, the Premier League side have ‘optimism’ that a deal can be done. He also believes that Tierney’s personal terms won’t be an issue.
As reported elsewhere Arsenal have had an opening bid of £15m for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney rejected – but there is optimism an agreement will be reached between the clubs, while personal terms for the 22-year-old Scotland international shouldn’t be a problem #AFC #CelticFC
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) June 22, 2019
That is certainly an intriguing update to the reports that Arsenal had bid for Tierney. It also perhaps a worrying one for Celtic fans.
Celtic correct to reject bid
The fact that Arsenal are optimistic about doing a deal is not the best sign. However, the Hoops were correct to reject the reported £15 million bid. That is nowhere near enough for the player.
Celtic fans would be very upset to see Tierney leave in the summer transfer window. He is undeniably one of the club’s best players.
Could £25 million be acceptable to club?
What happens next will depend on what Arsenal does next. If they offer around £25 million, it could be acceptable to Celtic.
However, should Tierney or any other Celtic player leave in the summer, Neil Lennon must be given a fair amount of money to sign a replacement.
With Tierney recovering from his hernia operation, only time will tell if the player has played last game for the Hoops. It would be a blow if that was to be the case.