Arsenal have had a £25 million bid rejected by Celtic for Kieran Tierney, according to Football Scotland, so should they come in with an improved offer?
The Gunners’ interest in recruiting the Scotland international has been well documented throughout the summer. Unai Emery wants to add another left-back to the squad and has identified the 22-year-old as his top target.
Celtic appear to be willing to cash in on the young defender, with the club having already tied up a player to fill in Tierney’s position, as Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo arrived for £3 million from Rapid Vienna earlier on in the transfer window.
However, they do not want to sell for £25 million – a figure which is believed to make up more than half of Arsenal’s apparent £45 million budget for dealings this summer.
While improving on Sead Kolasinac is, without doubt, a task that must be undergone by the Gunners this summer, it is questionable as to whether or not such a sum should be spent on a left-back.
Arsenal have numerous pressing issues. They do certainly need to recruit another left-sided defender, but it is in the centre of the defence and on the wing that they must add significant strength.
With limited funds to work with, Emery should think twice about upping his offer for Tierney. He is a fantastic young player, but the Gunners’ priorities must lie elsewhere ahead of a critical season.