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According to The Daily Mirror, Arsenal have reached a deadlock in their talks to sign Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, and are now considering turning to alternative options this summer.
The report claims that the Gunners have hit a wall with their Scottish counterparts over the structure of their bid and Unai Emery’s side are reluctant on committing a large sum of money up front.
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It adds that as a result of the stand-off, the north London side have begun to turn their attentions elsewhere as the transfer deadline approaches in less than a month’s time.
One of the biggest criticisms of Arsene Wenger’s reign – particularly in the latter years – was an apparent dithering when it came to the transfer market. It was claimed that the Frenchman lacked “conviction” when it came to getting deals done and that was most clearly seen when the Gunners missed out on signing Gonzalo Higuain because they felt they had a chance to get Luis Suarez from Liverpool.
Fast forward a year after Wenger’s departure, and it appears the Gunners are still suffering from the same problems, lacking a certain decisiveness in the market. The problems with the club’s reported limited budget are well-known and to a certain extent it is understandable that the Arsenal hierarchy would look to save money wherever they can.
But with Tierney, the 22-year-old has quite evidently been their number one target at left-back, considering they have made three bids, and even with limited funds, £25m is hardly a ridiculous amount to pay for someone who could start in your side for the next decade.
Landing Tierney would give Emery his first-choice option to replace both Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac on the left-hand side. Instead, the Gunners head into the final few weeks of the window dithering in typical fashion, and could potentially end up with a far inferior player, or even no-one at all.