Arsenal’s move for Kieran Tierney hits a wall with Celtic holding out for £25m after rejecting several bids
- Arsenal have had several offers for Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney rejected
- Gunners want to stagger payments whereas Celtic want more money up front
- London club are now weighing up whether they should look at other targets
Arsenal are beginning to reconsider their transfer options after hitting a wall in their attempts to land Kieran Tierney.
Arsenal have made several bids for Celtic‘s £25m-rated captain Tierney, 22, who wants to move south, rejected.
The Gunners want to stagger payments whereas Celtic want more money guaranteed up front and less promised in future add-ons, with the ones suggested so far deemed unrealistic by the Scottish giants.
Arsenal are reconsidering their options after hitting a wall in attempts to land Kieran Tierney
Arsenal are now weighing up whether they would be better served strengthening other departments of their squad than allocating more of their £45m budget to a new move for Tierney.
They already have Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac as left-back options and also need a centre-back, midfielder and winger.
St Etienne’s William Saliba is due to have his medical on Tuesday ahead of a £27m switch but the 18 year-old defender will be loaned back to the French club for the season, leaving Arsenal still in the market for a senior centre-back who can come in straight away.
They are confident of tying up a loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos and remain interested in Wilfried Zaha despite his hefty price tag.
The Gunners have made several bids for Celtic’s £25m-rated captain but they’ve been rejected
Arsenal have seen a £40m bid rejected and also seen their attempts to include players-plus-cash knocked back during discussions between the clubs.
Meanwhile Arsenal chiefs will have more talks with want-away captain Laurent Koscielny to try and resolve his situation following their return from their pre-season tour of America.
Defender Koscielny, 33, went on strike and refused to travel as he wants to leave on a free, despite having a year left on his deal.
Bordeaux want Koscielny but Rennes have ruled out a move.