According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are interested in signing Nacho Monreal to bolster their left-back options.
Having sold Lucas Digne to Everton recently, the Spanish giants are a little light in the left full-back position. According to the aforementioned report, Monreal is amongst the primary targets to add depth to this part of the pitch at the Camp Nou.
The Spain international would certainly be a smart purchase and could do a very solid job for the reigning La Liga champions. Despite being 32-years-old, it would still be a bitter blow for the Gunners to lose the fan-favourite defender they signed from Malaga in January 2013.
If the North London club must see Monreal depart though, then new boss Unai Emery should already be lining up the Spaniard’s replacement at the Emirates Stadium.
Celtic’s Kieran Tierney would be the perfect man to step into Monreal’s boots in the Premier League.
As loyal a servant as Monreal has been to Arsenal, he is no longer the future of the club. Should he depart sooner rather than later, the club must grasp that opportunity to begin building a new defence for a new era at the club.
Emery has already proven himself to be an advocate of high pressing, attacking full-backs. On the right flank, in Hector Bellerin, Arsenal already have a young player with all the attributes required to perform this role successfully. On the left-hand side, however, Sead Kolasinac is yet to prove his suitability for this task in the Premier League.
Tierney has the quality to fulfil these duties for Emery’s Arsenal, and his arrival would represent a real statement of intent from the Gunners.
Despite being only 21-years-old, the Scotland international is an experienced winner, having already lifted three consecutive league titles with Celtic. His form for Brendan Rodgers’ side will have also caught the attention of other top European clubs, but Arsenal should make sure they’re the ones to actually land the coveted left-back.