In Focus: Chelsea move for £17m-rated Celtic star makes sense

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Chelsea are said to be lining up a £17m bid for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 19-year-old Bhoys full-back has been nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award in Scotland following a string of fine performances for the Scottish Premiership champions this season.

His showings have caught the eyes of a number of Premier League clubs, including the Blues, Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle United.

Despite his tender years, Celtic are ready to demand £17m if they are to consider letting the highly-rated star leave at the end of the campaign.

How good has he been?

The 19-year-old has been very impressive this season.

He has made 37 appearances in all competitions for Brendan Rodgers’ men – scoring two goals and providing a further 12 assists – and he showed that he can do it against a top English side too when he was one the Bhoys’ standout players during their 3-3 draw against Manchester City in the Champions League earlier this season.

Would he be a good signing for Chelsea?

He certainly would be.

Blues boss Antonio Conte is looking to bring in some competition for Marcos Alonso on the left and he has also been linked with Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand too.

However, the latter would probably be more demanding of a regular first team spot than Tierney, and that could work in the Scotland international’s favour when the Italian manager makes his move this summer.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, Conte wants a new left-sided player that perhaps wouldn’t expect to start every match following the fine performances of Alonso this season, and the 19-year-old Celtic starlet could fit into that category.

His price tag could perhaps present a problem if Chelsea don’t believe he is worth that much, but if they could beat the likes of Arsenal and Man United to his signing it would be another statement of intent.

 


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