Key factor which helped Arsenal conclude Kieran Tierney deal

Date published: Friday 9th August 2019 12:48 - Matthew Briggs

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Arsenal finally agreed a £25m deal with Celtic for Scotland international left-back Kieran Tierney on Wednesday with Raul Sanllehi key in concluding the transfer.

The £25m fee is a record fee for a Scottish player, but it was the make up of the fee which finally got the deal done and allowed the Scotland international to head south to have a medical and agree personal terms.

Arsenal originally made a £15m bid which was rejected in June, as was a second £25m offer, reportedly because it contained too many add-ons and was dependent on Arsenal qualifying for the Champions League for the Hoops to get the full asking price for the full-back.

Arsenal though were desperate to get the deal over the line and contact was re-established on Thursday morning via Sanllehi, who according to the BBC, called Celtic’s Peter Lawwell to swiftly conclude the deal.

Celtic had played hard ball all summer, but it’s understood Arsenal agreed to pay the majority of the £25m fee up front, and they also agreed to Celtic’s proposal of a 15% sell-on clause.

Sanllehi eventually agreed to the finer details and now The Sun claim Arsenal will have to pay Celtic 15% of any future sale price for the 22-year-old.

Tierney (image from

Unai Emery told the club’s website: “We’re delighted Kieran is joining us. He’s a very talented player who will continue to improve. He increases our options defensively and I look forward to him joining our group.”

Tierney is sidelined with a groin problem with the left-back expected to return to full training in four to six weeks.

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