Kieran Tierney is reportedly set for a move to the Premier League after Celtic agreed a Scottish record £25 million fee with Arsenal for the left-back.
According to The Scottish Sun, Arsenal are set to add to their summer signings. The Gunners have finally been able to strike a deal worth £25 million with Celtic for Kieran Tierney. The fee will make Tierney the most expensive transfer for a Scottish player and smash the Scottish record.
The report further adds that Tierney was spotted with his agent Allan Preston on his way to London. The Celtic star is set to talk over personal terms with Arsenal ahead of a medical before the British transfer window slams shut. Tierney is rumoured to be set to agree a £75,000 per week deal with the Premier League giants.
Kieran Tierney has become a household name in the Scottish Premiership and for the Scottish National Team. The 22-year-old has pocketed every trophy possible to win in Scotland at club level and has 170 senior appearances for the Hoops so far. Arsenal have been rumoured to be on his trails for a while now.
The Gunners do not have specialist left-back options that inspire confidence. Nacho Monreal has been a loyal servant. But, he isn’t as agile anymore and is unlikely to be able to do the job week-in week-out at left-back. Sead Kolasinac, on the other hand, has legs for days but is just not defensively sound enough to be starting in a back four for Arsenal.
Arsenal have brought in exciting stars like Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe. But, the defence, which was the most worrying aspect of the club’s squad coming into the transfer market, had not been addressed. William Saliba was signed but sent back on loan for the 2019-20 campaign.
Tierney’s arrival would sort out more than one position. With Tierney coming in to be a starter at left-back for Arsenal, Unai Emery will then be able to use Nacho Monreal as a centre-back, a position where the Spaniard was a revelation during the 2018-19 season.
Perhaps, Arsenal fans would have to be content with just Tierney, as the deal is likely to be one where the chunk of £25 million is upfront. This might hinder the Gunners’ ability to sign another defender, with the club being linked to the likes of Dayot Upamecano and Daniele Rugani.