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16:40  25 june  2019
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Arsenal step up Kieran Tierney interest

Arsenal step up Kieran Tierney interest Arsenal have reportedly stepped up their pursuit of Celtic star Kieran Tierney, according to the Daily Mail. The report claims that Gunners boss Unai Emery has identified Tierney as a top transfer target this summer to take over as first-choice left-back at the Emirates Stadium next season. Tierney has been linked with a Premier League move for some time, with multiple top sides linked with the Scot in recent years, so a side firming up their interest won’t come as a surprise to Celtic fans.

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After years of speculation, Kieran Tierney looks to be moving away from Celtic with Arsenal in pursuit. This is why Celtic have admitted publicly that the player is for sale at the right price, and even though it would be a Scottish record, £25 million is probably about right for such a talented player who

Why do Arsenal want Tierney? © Getty Kieran Tierney has played a major part in Celtic's treble treble

Arsenal have had a £15m bid reject for Celtic's Kieran Tierney - why do they want the defender and would he want to join the club?

Tierney, a homegrown Bhoy, has become one of Celtic's most important players since establishing himself in the side as an 18-year-old four years ago.

Arsenal have already tested the Scottish champions' resolve with a £15m bid, and Sky Sports News understands they remain interested in the player.


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Arsenal want to sign Kieran Tierney (Image: GETTY). Arsenal had a £15m opening bid rejected for Kieran Tierney (Image: GETTY). Kieran Tierney is a much-loved player at Parkhead (Image: GETTY).

Arsenal ’s £15 million (m) bid for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney has been branded an “embarrassment” by John Hartson, while James McFadden considers it to be “pittance”. “Celtic don’t want to sell besides that in this current market £15m is an embarrassment to the player and his ability.”

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Is he ready for a long-rumoured move to the Premier League? Why have Arsenal piqued their interest in the 22-year-old? What could Unai Emery expect from the Scotland international - and does he even want to leave?

Here are all the answers you need...

What's the deal so far?

Sky Sports News understands Celtic have rejected a £15m bid from Arsenal for Tierney, with Napoli also very interested in the defender.

That may not be it though. The Gunners are reported to be weighing up their options before going back in with another offer.

Why do Arsenal want Tierney? © Getty Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

It has also been said that Celtic are holding out for a club-record fee - which stands at just over £19m which they received for Moussa Dembele last summer.

Arsenal's Tierney bid rejected by Celtic

Arsenal's Tierney bid rejected by Celtic Celtic have rejected a bid of £15million from Arsenal for full-back Kieran Tierney, as Unai Emery starts his pursuit of his number one transfer target. According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners have seen their first bid for Tierney rejected by the Hoops, who value the Scotland international closer to a fee in the region of £25million given the state of the current transfer market. The report suggests that Neil Lennon is also expecting to receive bids for midfielder Olivier Ntcham this summer, amid interest from Marseille, Porto and Lyon respectively.

Arsenal ’s £15 million (m) bid for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney has been branded an “embarrassment” by John Hartson, while James McFadden considers it to be “pittance”. “Celtic don’t want to sell besides that in this current market £15m is an embarrassment to the player and his ability.”

And McFadden insists Tierney may well decide against joining Arsenal even if Celtic’s price tag for him is met. That’s because former Everton and Birmingham "It tells you that they're not ready to challenge for the title, and that's maybe in the back of Kieran Tierney 's mind to say, ' Why do I just want to go

Tierney's rise to date

Tierney established himself in Celtic's first team as an 18-year-old, ousting first-choice left-back Emilio Izaguirre in the 2015/16 season, but it was during the Brendan Rodgers revolution that he truly flourished.

He was named captain for the first time during a League Cup game in Rodgers' second season and was named as the players' and writers' young player of the season for 2017/18, with Izaguirre having turned down a contract extension due to the manager's increasing preference for Tierney.

His rise continued in Rodgers' final season at Parkhead - although fitness issues with a hip injury and subsequent hernia kept him out for most of the second half of the season.

The next Robertson?

Why do Arsenal want Tierney? © Getty Scotland captain and fellow left-back Andrew Robertson has often been compared with Tierney

Sky Sports News reporter Charles Paterson has watched Tierney since his fledgling Celtic games, and said while there are obvious comparisons to be drawn between him and Robertson, the Celtic defender need not live in the shadows of his Liverpool counterpart.

Arsenal hoping to agree £18 million Tierney deal

Arsenal hoping to agree £18 million Tierney deal Arsenal are confident of signing Kieran Tierney for £18 million this summer, according to the Guardian. The left-back is one of Celtic’s most prized assets, having matured into a top class player in recent years. The 22-year-old would be a big loss if he did leave Parkhead, with interest in him no great surprise. Arsenal have emerged has the front-runners to sign the defender this summer, as Unai Emery looks to add quality to his squad. The Gunners have already had a £15 million bid for the Scotland international turned down by Celtic, but they believe £18 million could be enough to get their man.

ARSENAL have made a decision about their transfer pursuit of Celtic’s Kieran Tierney after the Scottish champions rejected their initial bid. Arsenal have set their limit on Kieran Tierney 's valuation (Image: GETTY). Arsenal are hoping to tempt boyhood Celtic fan Kieran Tierney to England (Image

“ Arsenal look like they're trying to do things on the cheap, and if it's £15m it proves they're trying to sign as many players as they can for as little as possible. “It tells you that they're not ready to challenge for the title, and that's maybe in the back of Kieran Tierney 's mind to say ' Why do I just want to go and

He explained: "He's got the same engine as Andy Robertson, which is the comparison. Robertson is a couple of years older than him though.

"Tierney is probably a more natural defender than Robertson, but going forward he's got the same impact. Because he's older, Robertson has got that extra couple of years of experience but also physical maturity - Tierney hasn't fully developed physically. The number of games he has played for Celtic is astronomical.

"He got injured around the Salzburg Europa League game last season - he'd played a lot of games by that point. He's since been injured for most of the last six months.

"There have been questions over his fitness, but he made his debut at 17 and his international debut at 18, and he's just been playing and playing ever since. He's played an awful lot of games - he may have played a bit too much."

Could he slot straight in at the Emirates?

Why do Arsenal want Tierney? © SNS He has won the Scottish Premiership in every season he has played for the club

Tierney has been linked with a move to English football for some time - but it has not come this close to becoming a reality before.

Arsenal must pay more to sign Tierney says Neil Lennon

Arsenal must pay more to sign Tierney says Neil Lennon Neil Lennon has revealed that Arsenal must pay a lot more to sign Celtic’s Kieran Tierney, according to reports from the Telegraph. Tierney, who has been linked with several moves away from the Hoops over the years, has now been heavily touted with a switch to Arsenal. The Gunners had an opening offer of £15 million rejected for Tierney earlier this month, but are still hopeful of securing a deal for the Scottish international. Celtic have constantly stated that Tierney is not for sale, and value the defender closer to £25 million, something that may be a stumbling block for the Gunners.

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Tottenham Hotspur fans want Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney snapped up, amid rumours that Arsenal could buy him. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be considering making additions at left-back this summer, with Danny Rose’s future in doubt. At the moment Tottenham have not been

There have been good and bad stories of players moving south of the border, so has there been a hesitancy to bring him to the Premier League and how would he get on in England's top flight?

"Has he got the ability to be better than Kolasinac and Monreal? Yes, he's got the whole package. He's got pace, strength, he can score, he can defend; Celtic supporters utterly adore him. He is to Celtic what Gerrard is to Liverpool, that kind of icon."

But… might he want to stay with Celtic?

Why do Arsenal want Tierney? © Getty Tierney has deputised as captain for club and country before his 23rd birthday

Tierney has previously cast aside talk over his future, while admitting "I can't predict what will happen in the future" in an interview with the Herald in 2018.

But with Celtic now two years short from an unrivalled decade of Scottish Premiership title wins and the defender a boyhood Bhoys fan, might he be tempted to put himself up with the club's all-time greats before making his move?

"It's not a given that he will go," Paterson said. "Arsenal are a big enough club for him at this stage in his career, it would be a natural progression. The kind of football would suit him.

"Celtic have put the feelers out to other clubs. It would devastate the Celtic support and it would be very hard for him - but you have to get the timing right with these moves.

"He knows at some point he'll have to make a move if he wants to be called world-class. Does he care about that? Only he can tell you, but he's gone on the record saying that he would be happy playing for Celtic as long as they want him."

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