Arsenal are becoming increasingly confident that the club will be able to bring in Kieran Tierney and Daniel Ceballos before the end of the window.
The Gunners are growing increasingly frustrated due to a lack of arrivals at the Emirates Stadium this summer. This has largely been down to the lack of transfer funds for manager Unai Emery. Even though Arsenal have shown interest in the likes of Wilfred Zaha, the club has simply not been able to come to terms with the current valuations of many players.
Celtic were subjected to a £25 million offer from Arsenal for left-back Tierney, who is clearly one of the best players at the club. Arsenal may come in with a third offer for the defender. Crucially, the Gunners are aware that the Scottish club want more money up front and it should be enough to seal the deal.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon would not want to lose one of his most valuable assets on the cheap. At this moment, Celtic see the £25 million as a vastly inferior price for a player who is experienced and young. The market has witnessed a steady inflation with regards to transfer fees. The £50 million transfer of Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United is one of the key factors behind Celtic wanting more money from Arsenal. Wan-Bissaka has had regular first-team football for just one season, but a remarkable campaign at Selhurst Park saw him get snapped up by United as one of their first summer acquisitions.
There have been plenty of changes at Celtic in the summer, but the departure of one of their important assets will be hard to take for the club.
Meanwhile, Ceballos is also one player who has been of interest to Arsenal. Real Madrid value the midfielder quite highly, but the lack of first-team opportunities for the Spain under-21 international would mean a potential loan move for the player. This would also suit Arsenal, who are only believed to have a transfer budget of around £60 million this summer.
Wilfred Zaha has reportedly informed Crystal Palace about his wish to leave the club amidst interest from Arsenal, but there has not been any subsequent offer from the Gunners ever since the first bid of £40 million was rejected. The Ivory Coast international has returned to Palace after his action in the Africa Cup of Nations. Even though Unai Emery promised that some ‘really expensive players’ will join Arsenal before the start of the new season, the statements are yet to take shape.
Crystal Palace are determined to hold on to Zaha, as Roy Hodgson has claimed that the winger has not requested a transfer as of now. Palace have little reason to sell the player after parting company with Aaron Wan-Bissaka for a huge sum.
Time is running out for Arsenal to make a major difference in the transfer market. As of now, the team has had the worst window amongst the top six clubs from the 2018-19 campaign.