Yesterday evening, several sources reported that Arsenal had given up trying to sign Kieran Tierney from Celtic.
The Gunners had two bids rejected – a first in the region of £15 million and a second totalling £25 million including add-ons – neither of which impressed the Scottish champions.
Having scoffed at our opening gambit, Neil Lennon has now said he doesn’t think Arsenal’s offers were disrespectful, it’s just Celtic hold all the cards with Tierney, a lifelong supporter of the club, who is under contract until 2023.
Speaking this afternoon, he told Sky Sports: “It’s as you were really. I’ve had no information other than there was two bids that came in from Arsenal that were rejected.
“There has been no further inroads into that really. Our valuation of Kieran wasn’t met and it’s as simple as that.
“You will see other transfers not going through because valuations haven’t been met. It’s not a case of Arsenal being disrespectful.
“They put a bid in that they valued the player at. They came back again and obviously see Kieran as a very good player, as we do. But on a long-term contract we’re in a very strong position when it comes to Kieran.”
Will we try again later in the transfer window? It feels like we’re not willing to go any higher for Tierney than we’ve offered and the temptation must now be to stick with Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal and to use the funds elsewhere.