Shock Arsenal exit talk, as rivals set sights on £25m man

Date published: Friday 5th June 2020 9:20

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Kieran Tierney could be sold by Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta this summer, according to reports.

That’s the view of transfer expert Duncan Castles, who believes Arteta could be prepared to cash in on the former Celtic defender, who has struggled with injury after arriving under Unai Emery last season.

And one club who would jump at the chance to sign the Scotland full-back are Leicester, whose former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers would love to be reunited with the 22-year-old.

The Gunners boss and is likely to be restricted with his transfer budget this summer, especially following the Covid-19 outbreak and so he could opt to make some sales.

Tierney only arrived in north London last summer for £25million, but the defender has made just four starts for the club and has yet to feature for the club under Arteta after struggling with a dislocated shoulder he sustained in December.

He was closing in on a return to action before the Premier League was brought to a halt in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Leicester City are apparently keen on signing Tierney if Ben Chilwell ends up joining Chelsea and Rodgers is understood to be willing to let Chilwell leave for the right price.

“There is a fit there [for Chilwell at Chelsea],” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.

“I think it’s important that Brendan Rodgers, when he was entering Leicester City and looking at last summer’s transfer market, Chilwell was a player he was prepared to let go.

“He felt he could secure a substantial transfer fee for him and if he did the player he had in mind to purchase was Kieran Tierney.

“Obviously neither of those things happened, Tierney went to Arsenal instead and Tierney has struggled through injury, with the managerial changes at Arsenal as well, made just 11 appearances for them so far, just five in the Premier League.

 

 

 

“So when you’re looking at a player who struggled in that first season like that, was bought for a substantial fee, he is at a club which has money problems, they need to make changes to their squad and they need to find revenue to do that.

“So in normal circumstances you would say no chance of getting a player from Arsenal who had been bought for a substantial fee and brought in as part of the last and most recent rebuild.

“Perhaps in these circumstances a deal would be viable for Leicester and I think it fits with Brendan Rodgers’ assessment of the players and the way he has pragmatically looked at his squad at the past.”

 

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