Arsenal’s bid to secure the transfer of Celtic defender, Kieran Tierney has apparently accelerated with a final bid that, it’s suggested, is much nearer the Scottish Champions valuation and a deal could theoretically be concluded fairly soon.
The contract extension for Nacho Monreal is seen as the perfect way to allow the 22 year old left-back to recover from injury and establish himself at a gentle pace. The left back position is seen as a priority, with an ageing Monreal struggling on occasion with the pace and amount of games in a season.
The Express has carried a story that suggests Napoli are also interested in the talented youngster, but Arsenal are still thought to be in a strong position for his signature.
His agent, Allan Preston, has indicated a move will happen, but he managed to keep all options open while negotiations were on going, without any indication of a preference from the player.
“It is all down to Celtic – if they get a price that they believe is the correct value for Kieran Tierney he could possibly be on his way,”
“No one has hit that price yet.”
“I know Kieran really well, I had some food with him the other day.”
“He is such an unassuming young man. He is wealthy at the moment but he doesn’t possess a watch because he isn’t into material things like this.”
“He still hangs about with his pals from when he was a youngster, he sponsors his local pub team where his pals play and he’s not into his designer gear or anything like that.”
“As the guys say, he loves Celtic. He absolutely loves Celtic.”
“Will there be a time for Kieran Tierney to go? I think that there will be.”
“If it’s just now it will be up to the clubs that are involved.”
The fact that Tierney would be able to commute freely between London and Scotland with ease, may carry some sway with the player, but he obviously needs time to make the right decision.
“Arsenal, Napoli or whoever – to then put the money on the table and make Celtic think about this.”
“If there is a time for Kieran to go it will be up to Celtic, Peter Lawwell and the board.”
Despite suggestions that Arsenal have limited funds, it appears that the North London club is willing to push the boat out and spend hard cash to get their man.
Elsewhere, the ongoing speculation over Crystal Palace striker, Wilfred Zaha, has dropped off, which may indicate that Arsenal are looking to make a bid on an alternative target, although it’s said that Emery is still keen on the player.
No news on a central defender as yet but, Germino defender Walter Kannemann (28) who will cost £10.5m, is still a name being constantly linked with Arsenal.
Edu, the new technical director has been observing the player first hand as part of his unofficial role whilst tying up his loose ends with Brazil in the Copa America.
Expect the transfer window to hot up from this week onwards as Arsenal try to conclude a number of deals before the start of the season.