Major Emery target slips the net as third £25m Arsenal bid falls short

Date published: Tuesday 23rd July 2019 1:39 - Steve Pearson

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Arsenal attempts to land Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney appear to have reached a dead end after the Scottish champions rejected a third – and apparent final – bid from the Gunners.

Unai Emery’s interest in the 22-year-old has been widely reported and a third bid of £25million was launched according to The Daily Record.

The £25million figure mentioned is the same as Arsenal offered in the second bid, but is rumoured to be weighted further in the direction of cash up front.

As with their first two bids, however, Celtic have reportedly rejected the bid after they deemed the terms of the deal ‘unsatisfactory’.

The impasse stems from the structure of the deal Arsenal were proposing, with the Gunners still preferring to use staggered payments for part of the overall £25 million offered, while Celtic demanded a larger chunk of the cash up front.

Tierney is reported ‘to be interested in a move but is unwilling to push for an exit from his boyhood heroes.’

With the Gunners’ interest appearing to be over, the door could now be open for Napoli to swoop in for the full back amid reports that the Italian side have been ‘monitoring the 22-year-old’s situation.’

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Unai Emery is understood to be working under a severely restricted transfer budget this summer, with the figure reported to be set at no more than £40 million.

In keeping with financial limitations, the Gunners appear to be nearing the completion of a one-year loan deal for Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos.

Meanwhile, a new favourite has emerged for disgruntled captain Laurent Koscielny as a Ligue 1 suitor have stepped aside.


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