Having seen their initial offer of £15 million for Kieran Tierney rejected by Celtic, Arsenal reportedly made an improved bid of £25 million, but according to Sky Sports, the Scottish champions are still not impressed.
Apparently, there’s nothing wrong with the overall amount, but the offer contains too many add-on clauses. One of those is that the Gunners need to secure Champions League qualification at the end of the season, which is something Celtic do not deem likely to happen.
Previously, Arsenal had expressed some level of confidence about the deal getting done soon, but it seems that Celtic are standing firm about the deal being simple and straightforward – cash upfront. The contract Tierney is currently under is set to keep him bound to the Celtic Park for four more years, which is something that undoubtedly gives his current club the upper hand in the matter, regardless of his own position or that of any other potential suitor club.
The 22-year-old is a highly talented player, and his exploits so far have reportedly attracted the attention of Napoli – another – another factor which potentially adds to difficulty of Arsenal’s position. Should the Serie A make concrete steps and actually bid for Tierney, matters could become even worse.
Since becoming a regular feature in the Celtic team back in 2015/16, Tierney has worn the green-and-white striped shirt 180 times in all competitions, an impressive number given his age. However, although his progress has been rapid, he played only 21 games in 2018/19 due to a hernia problem. He has undergone surgery to rectify the issue and is currently recovering from it.
Arsenal’s proposal is understandable, especially if the reports of a limited transfer budget they wield are true, but looking at it from the other side, from a perspective of the potential seller, it does seem like they need to make themselves at least sound more serious.