According to The Time (£), Celtic have rejected a second bid from Arsenal for Kieran Tierney.
The Scottish champions knocked back an initial offer of £15m for the left back, after which the Gunners were said to be confident they could find a compromise, but it seems improved terms haven’t yet been acceptable.
The report doesn’t say how much the new bid was, but suggests that the Scottish champions are holding out for something closer to their £25m valuation than is currently on the table.
With a glass half full look at this, it a least shows the two clubs are negotiating, and if we’re serious then we’ll test their mettle further.
The cost of the transfer could be offset by the sale of Sead Kolasinac, as posited in today’s Arseblog, as £25m would represent a significant chunk of the summer’s transfer budget.
It’s all very public now with Celtic, so we either push it to get it done, or move on, but an inability to do a deal for the player would reflect poorly on Raul Sanllehi in his first summer in charge of football matters.