Has Arsenal's reported move for Marcelo called time on their pursuit of Kieran Tierney?
According to reports in Spain, Arsenal are looking to sign Real Madrid left back Marcelo, after the Brazilian asked to leave the club and that could see the Gunners’ interest in Tierney come to an end.
The 31 year old has been at Madrid for 13 seasons, winning four league titles and four Champions Leagues, but with Ferland Mendy signing for Madrid in a £47 million deal from Lyon, his time at the Bernabeu now looks over.
According to Sport, Marcelo wants to leave Madrid this summer with several offers on the table and his agent currently in talks with club President Fiorentino Perez.
If Arsenal are serious in pursuing the signing of Marcelo, with competition from Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and AC Milan also for the player, it would take a sizeable fee and wage offer to tempt the Brazilian international to London.
And with the potential £40 million signing of Wilfred Zaha from Crystal Palace also on the cards, coupled with their reported interest in Marcelo - would the Arsenal board further sanction a potential £25 million signing of Tierney on top of that?
There is no need for Celtic to accept Arsenal’s low ball offers for Tierney, even after the £3 million signing of Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo from Rapid Vienna yesterday.
Arsenal also face competition from Napoli for the Scotland international’s signature and there is still no comment from the player himself yet on potentially leaving Celtic - despite Neil Lennon admitting that the players has been affected by the transfer rumours.
With Nacho Monreal and potentially Marcelo at Arsenal, would such a move to the London club be in the best interests of Tierney? He will almost certainly increase his wages - but his football development could suffer with the Gunners - while he would still play regular first team football at Celtic, with healthy competition from Mbombo.
Throw into the mix, continued participation in European football, entering Celtic’s illustrious history by equalling Jock Stein’s 9IAR record this season - beating that the following season by winning 10IAR - and being the potential successor to Scott Brown as Celtic captain, Tierney’s legacy at the club would be up there with the true greats.
Ultimately, if Celtic do accept an offer for Tierney, the decision will lie with the player himself. Will he move for the money and to play in the EPL, will he want to become a true Celtic great or will he want to ply his trade in Italy like Liam Henderson is doing?
It is going to be a long two months, I just hope come the transfer window shutting - Tierney remains at Celtic.