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Arsenal have pulled out of the running to sign Celtic’s Kieran Tierney after their third bid was rejected, according to The Daily Record.
The 22-year-old has been a target for the Premier League side all summer but it looks like the saga has come to an end. The bid was believed to have totalled £25m but unrealistic add-ons put off Neil Lennon’s club, who wanted more of the fee up front, per the report by the reputable Alison McConnell.
The left-back is interested in going to Unai Emery’s men but doesn’t want to push for a move away from the club he’s supported his entire life. This, coupled with ambitious add-ons offered by the Gunners, has lead the North London side to turn their attention elsewhere.
The bonuses and top-ups included in the third bid were related to Arsenal’s qualification into the Champions League, something the Hoops felt was unrealistic.
With Lennon bringing in Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo in a £3m deal from Rapid Vienna this summer, Tierney staying at Parkhead throws up a bit of a conundrum.
£3m is far from an insignificant amount of money for Celtic and it’s been fair to assume anyone signing for the club at the fee would expect to play a lot. Yet with the fan favourite not going to Arsenal, Lennon might have to figure out a way to get them both in the side.
It’s not a problem the Bhoys boss will have to deal with immediately given the Scot’s injury issues, but it won’t be long before he has a decision on his hands.
Thankfully for everyone involved, both are flexible and versatile; we’ve seen Tierney play at centre back and on the right for Scotland, and Bolingoli-Mbombo has the hallmarks of a winger.
Of course, having too many good players to choose from isn’t exactly the worst problem in the world anyway, but after Lennon’s recent comments on Bolingoli-Mbombo being a tad rash, the new arrival may well be used further forward if Tierney does indeed stay put.