Is Arsenal's pursuit of Tierney nearing its end?
It looks like Arsenal’s pursuit of Kieran Tierney will end after launching a third bid, with the North London club issuing a take it or leave it offer for the Celtic full back.
Celtic have already knocked back two offers - including one which was potentially worth up to £25 million, with the Scottish champions unhappy over the structure of the deal which included a number of add-ons to get to the £25 million mark.
No deal will be sanctioned by Neil Lennon’s side unless the bulk of the £25 million is paid up front, with further add-ons guaranteed and a sell-on clause included in the deal and even then the Gunners will have to negotiate a deal with Tierney - who has not asked to leave nor indicated that he wants to leave the club that he supports.
With a limited budget at their disposal, the Daily Express claims that Arsenal are now starting to lose patience and will come in with one final offer as they look to secure a long-term replacement for Nacho Monreal.
If Arsenal’s third and potentially final bid is rejected by the Celtic hierarchy it will be music to the Celtic fans’ ears as Tierney is not only a fan favourite, but destined to become captain of the club once Scott Brown retires.
Meanwhile, Celtic have lost out on two of their potential defensive targets with right back Tommy Smith signing for Stoke City and Romain Perraud on the brink of signing for French Ligue One side Brest. While one-time target Edson Alvarez is close to a £15 million move to Ajax from Club America.