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Davie Hay thinks Arsenal should match Celtic’s asking price for Kieran Tierney if they truly want him to move to England this summer, as reported by The Evening Times.
Last week Celtic were reported to have rejected a bid of £15m for the left-back, who still has four years left on his contract at Celtic Park.
The club are said to value him at £25m and apparently won’t be making any hard decisions on his future until that asking price is met.
Hay reckons that stance is justified and that Arsenal are trying to cheap out in their move for the player because he plays in the Scottish Premiership, also believing that the recent Man United move for Aaron Wan-Bissaka shows that Tierney’s valuation is realistic.
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As quoted by The Evening Times, the Hoops legend said:
“I think they are using the fact that Kieran plays his football in Scotland just now to nick him at a cheap price. Sorry, but £15 million is nowhere near enough. But they will come back in again.
“Celtic are rightly looking for a lot more. I think £25 million or thereabouts is a realistic asking price for him. Full backs don’t come cheap down south.
“Aaron Wan-Bissaka is set to move from Crystal Palace to Manchester United for £50 million. So £25 million isn’t an insurmountable fee for a club in England to pay for a player in that position.”
As Hay points out, Celtic’s stance on Tierney does seem fair and the days of picking up players on the cheap in Scotland appear to be over.
Moussa Dembele’s move to Lyon last year set a new standard when it comes to outgoing transfer fees in the country, with the Hoops no longer willing to accept lesser fees for super talented players, such as letting Virgil van Dijk move to Southampton for just £13m.
Tierney’s contribution at left-back compares favourably to Arsenal squad members such as Sead Kolasinac and if Arsenal want the upgrade then they need to pay the market rate.
Celtic don’t have the luxury of investing in their team with massive amounts of TV money and if they are to progress on the European stage then selling homegrown talents for their true value is the way to go.