Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that an Arsenal offer for left-back Kieran Tierney has been rejected.
The Gunners are understood to have opened negotiations by tabling a £15 million bid, a long way short of the player’s £25 million valuation.
While the Hoops seem to have accepted that Tierney could move this summer (although they obviously aren’t saying that publicly), it doesn’t mean they are going to make it easy for suitors.
In response, we’ve gone quiet while we decide our next move. Perhaps we’re trying to find a pound coin.
“Arsenal are aware of what we value the player at,” Lennon told the Scottish version of a publication that rhymes with bun (alternative link).
“He’s on a long-term contract, he’s an asset and we don’t want to sell him.
“There have been no more bids that I’m aware of.
“It’s going to have to take a lot more than what they’ve offered the first time around to give us a decision to make.
“I’ve had a chat with Kieran as it can be a difficult decision and bit unsettling.
“I’ve been there myself so it’s important that we support him regardless of the outcome.
“His fitness progress is slow. It will be a couple of weeks yet.”
Unai Emery will be hoping we can get a deal done and dusted in the next couple of weeks so that Tierney gets a full pre-season under his belt. The first team are due back at London Colney in the second week of July.