Time for Arsenal to put up or shut up as Tierney pursuit is now tiresome
Is anyone else tired with Arsenal’s fannying about over their pursuit of Kieran Tierney? The North London club that have riches at their disposal that Celtic can only dream of, have justed had their second bid for Celtic’s left back rejected - following their initial £15 million bid being rejected.
It is well known that Unai Emery is a fan of Tierney, but with a limited budget to spend on players this summer, Arsenal are continuing to lowball Celtic in the hope that the Scottish champions blink.
Despite Arsenal matching the £25 million that Celtic are looking for, the Scottish champions were unhappy with how the transfer fee was structured - which included a number of add-ons and clauses to reach the £25 million fee.
It’s expected that Arsenal will come in for a third time in the next week or so, but the whole pursuit is now tiresome and it is not doing the clubs nor the player any good.
Arsenal insulting Tierney and Celtic
After the success of Virgil van Dijk at Southampton and Liverpool, English clubs are now taking more notice of players in Scottish Football - specifically at Celtic. And there is no great surprise that Tierney, Ntcham and McGregor have all been tipped with a move away from the Scottish champions.
But unlike other clubs in Scotland, Celtic do not need to sell one of their star players to balance the books or reduce costs and so they can play hard ball with the likes of Arsenal. Much to the anger of some of the North London club’s fans - who think that Celtic should be snapping up the first deal offered to them.
However, Celtic and specifically Peter Lawwell have learned over the years that they have clearly undervalued some of their top players after their moves down south. They won;’t make that mistake again and Arsenal are paying the price for the overhyped and overblown transfer fees in English football.
And when you compare Manchester United’s signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace for £50 million and Leicester City’s potential £45 million transfer of Lewis Dunk from Brighton - then the money that Arsenal are offering Celtic to buy one of Celtic’s best players in a generation is not only laughable but franjly insulting.
Put up or shut up
If Tierney was at an English Championship side, Arsenal would be paying well over £50 million for Tierney. A left back who has played around 170 senior games, a dozen international caps, captained both his club and country at the age of 22. As well as that he has provided 37 assists in those games, scored eight times and is a threat to any club in European football - let alone British football.
At the age of 22, Tierney is not the finished article and is still to reach his peak - but that doesn’t mean Celtic should be lowballed for a player that is not only a fan favourite, considered a modern day legend already and is destined to be a future captain of the club if he remains.
Tierney will be out of action for at least another month due to inflammation around the pubic bone, while he has recovered from his double hernia surgery, and so has been given much needed rest - while Celtic have brought in Boli Bolongoli-Mbombo from Rapid Vienna as competition as well as a potential successor to the Scotland international if a move away from Celtic materialises.
But with a third bid potentially in the offing, it is time that Arsenal stop fannying about and offer what Celtic are demanding for the player. If the new bid is lodged and does not meet Celtic’s demands then Lawwell and Celtic should grow a pair of balls and tell the North London club that they have had enough of their lowballing and refuse to sell the player to them.
Such a decision would not only see the club’s board and Lawwell receive the support of the Celtic fans, but it will also send a message to potential suitors in future that Celtic won’t deal with them on the cheap.