It’s always nice to hear from the new signings, and courtesy of Arsenal.com, we’re able to take a glimpse into the mind of new defender Kieran Tierney who has arrived at the Emirates from Scottish giants Celtic. The Deadline Day move had been in the works for, as far as we could tell, the entirety of the summer transfer window. Now, it’s time to see what he thinks and how he’s feeling ahead of the new season.
It has been an exciting summer for Arsenal transfer-wise, with the club agreeing a deal with left-back Kieran Tierney just before the closing of the window on 8 August. It took some time to finalise the deal and despite the fact that Tierney has had a double back hernia operation during the summer and is only now starting to get back to shape, there are great expectations of and a lot of interest in this 22-year-old, who is joining the Gunners after playing for Celtic since the age of seven.
As the ever reliable David Ornstein of BBC reports, Arsenal have agreed deals to sign David Luiz from Chelsea and Kieran Tierney from Celtic.
The fee the Gunners will be paying for the services of the Brazilian centre-back is set at £8 million, and he will sign a two-year contract. Luiz was linked with a move to the northern side of the English capital before, but it appears it will truly happen this time around.
Despite the early signs announcing a highly frustrating summer transfer window this year, the club have pulled up their socks just in time, abandoned to fruitless Wilfried Zaha chase and grabbed Nicolas Pepe of Lille ahead of a number of other suitors.
The financial details of the deal haven’t officially been disclosed, but a number of reports claim the fee the Gunners will be paying for the winger’s services amounts to £72 million. So much for the £45 million transfer budget stories.
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.
Having seen their initial offer of £15 million rejected, Arsenal have made a second, a significantly improved one – £25 million, for Kieran Tierney, according to Sky Sports.
The 22-year-old Celtic fullback has been one of the targets the club seem to be aiming for most persistently for this summer’s transfer window, and rightly so, given the defensive woes that were plaguing Unai Emery’s team throughout last season.
Meanwhile, Tierney had problems of his own. His contribution to the Scottish champions was limited to just 21 league appearances due to a hernia problem. He has recently had surgery, and he is in the process of recovery at the moment. The report quotes Celtic boss Neil Lennon in revealing that the player still has the osteitis pubis problem, calling it “a slow burner, that one”.
The majority of football fans around the world have almost become numb to the summer transfer window – but for some, they still consider it to be a pretty entertaining process. One such example of this chaos is on display during the current Kieran Tierney saga, and for the sake of our sanity, we aren’t even going to try and link you to what the supposed ‘latest’ is, because nobody really knows what the truth is anymore.
Arsenal reportedly submitted a £40 million bid for Wilfried Zaha a few days ago, only to have it laughed off by Crystal Palace. The Eagles are apparently demanding double that amount for their prized winger.
Zaha was reported to have informed his club of his wish to leave, and he is apparently keen on a move to the Emirates as he used to support the Gunners as a kid. On the other hand, reports also claimed Arsenal transfer funds for this summer wouldn’t go over the £45 million mark in total, which would make prizing Zaha away from Palace mission impossible.
Dan-Axel Zagadou has informed Borussia Dortmund of his wish to leave the Signal Iduna Park this summer, according to the Mirror.
The 20-year-old has recently been linked with Arsenal as manager Unai Emery looks to reconstruct his back line. The Gunners conceded 51 goals in the Premier League in 2018/19 – an unforgivable number, and an overhaul seems late in coming.
Arsenal are actively looking to bring in defensive reinforcements, players that would hopefully improve the defence which conceded a woeful number of 51 Premier League goals in 2018/19; of the top six sides, only Manchester United did worse, while the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Everton, Leicester City and Newcastle United all conceded less.
There isn’t an easy way to tell in advance whether a transfer will work out or not, but Kieran Tierney, Celtic’s 22-year-old fullback, seems like the real deal. A pacey left-footed wide defender, equally dedicated to contributing at both ends of the pitch, Tierney would likely give Sead Kolašinac some proper competition on the left defensive flank.