Arsenal have come up with a new offer for Celtic star Kieran Tierney after having had in their first bid rejected straight away. The Gunners have bid £25 million, according to Sky Sports, and it is a sizeable improvement over the initial offer of £15 million for the youngster, who has come in with stellar performances for the Scottish team.
Celtic reiterated categorically that they are unwilling to do business at this price. After having had a mediocre campaign with only 21 league games for Celtic last season, Tierney is expected to play a greater role in the forthcoming campaign. Since he is contacted with the team until 2023, Celtic are under no pressure to sell him.
Such a deal would make Tierney as the most expensive Scottish player in history. Arsenal are in need of players after having a disappointing debut campaign under Unai Emery. Apart from missing out on the Europa League title, the Gunners also failed to secure the Champions League qualification for the campaign. Even though it would be a step down for Tierney to miss out on the premier European competition, a move to the Premier League – and to one of the top six clubs – will be a step in the positive direction.
Arsenal are expected to part ways with a number of key players including Laurent Koscielny, who is expected to leave the club before the end of the window. After failing to turn up for pre-season by going on strike, Koscielny has effectively ended his Arsenal career. Rather than keep him at the club, the Gunners could show interest in moving him on. It certainly does not make a lot of sense for the club to remain invested in a 33-year-old defender, who has less than 12 months left on his contract. The exit of the Frenchman opens up a wide door for Tierney immediately upon his arrival.
Manager Neil Lennon, though, recently claimed that Celtic need to sell players in order to make the squad more competitive. As expected, the Scottish team have already sent out a significant chunk of players. A whopping eight players – including Dedryck Boyata and Mikael Lustig – have left the club so far, although there have been additions like Christopher Jullien, Boli Bolingoli, and Luca Connell.
Even though Celtic have been winning a string of league titles, the lack of success in Europe could be one of the defining aspects of the player’s exit.
Tierney came through the ranks at Celtic and made his debut for the team in 2015. It did not take long for the youngster to make his appearance at the international scene after featuring for Scotland in 2016. Tierney has already made 12 appearances for the Scottish team, although he has not featured since 2018. After winning fourth successive league titles with Celtic, it may be finally time for the youngster, who has won the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award three times in succession, to leave Scotland.
Up until now, the most expensive player to leave Scotland was Mousa Dembele in 2018 when he joined Lyon for £19.7 million.