Reports that Arsenal had made their final bid for Kieran Tierney were wide of the mark, and the Gunners are set to open talks again over the Celtic defender, it is claimed.
It had been suggested earlier this week that Arsenal had made a third bid for Tierney, amounting to £25m – an offer that was again rejected by the Scottish champions.
While Tierney would have been open to the move, he was unwilling to push for his exit, meaning that it would likely be harder for Arsenal to get a deal done.
However, the London-based side have renewed confidence in their pursuit of the full-back, after it was revealed by Sky Sports‘ Kaveh Solhekol that they were “only a couple of million pounds” away from matching Celtic’s valuation.
Difference between what Arsenal are offering for Kieran Tierney and what Celtic want is “only a couple of million pounds”. Player is happy at Celtic but would like the chance to speak to Arsenal if deal can be agreed
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 24, 2019
Now, The Scottish Sun take things further by insisting that a third bid for Tierney was never made, but Arsenal remain “determined” to sign him before the end of the transfer window.
Celtic rejected their last offer because, even though it met their valuation, it included bonuses that may never be realised, whereas they would prefer to receive the full sum up front.
Tierney is still under a long-term contract in Glasgow, so Celtic are in a strong position when it comes to negotiating.
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