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Transfer Rumor: Arsenal bid £25 million for Celtic left back Kieran Tierney

Is the second (or third) time the charm?

Aberdeen v Celtic - Scottish Cup Semi Final
I think he’d look better in Arsenal red.
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Arsenal have made another bid for Celtic left back Kieran Tierney. According to Sky Sports Scotland and Chris McLaughlin of BBC Scotland, the Gunners have offered £25 million for the Scottish international. Celtic rejected a £15M bid last month and may have turned down a £17.5M one as well. Throughout the transfer saga, the reports have been consistent that Celtic set a £25M price tag, and it appears that Arsenal have finally anted up.

The new bid confirms that Tierney is one of Arsenal’s top targets this summer, and the amount represents more than half the Gunners’ reported £40M transfer budget. It would be the largest transfer fee in the history of Scottish football, eclipsing the £19.7M Lyon paid for Moussa Dembélé last August.

Despite the price tag. the move makes sense. With only an aging Nacho Monreal and the more-of-a-left-wingback Sead Kolasinac on the depth chart, left back is a major hole in the Arsenal roster. Defense has been a major issue for the Gunners for at least two years, and the 22-year old would shore up the position for years to come.

The Gunners are in dire need of reinforcements for the coming season, and with Gabriel Martinelli as the only new signing, the fan base is getting restless. Let’s hope the reports of Celtic’s asking price were correct and that they accept Arsenal’s bid.