Arsenal’s hopes of signing Kieran Tierney appear to have been boosted after Celtic boss Neil Lennon admitted every player ‘has a price’. The Gunners are keen to bolster their options at left-back by bringing in Scotland international Tierney, who has been one of Celtic’s star performers during their successful pursuit of the triple-treble over the last three seasons.
Indeed, the north Londoners are reportedly preparing a second bid for the 22-year-old after having an initial offer of around £15million rejected by the Bhoys. That second offer is believed to be closer to the £18million mark, although that is still some way short of Celtic’s valuation of the player, which is believed to be set at £25million.
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Given the tight nature of Arsenal’s transfer budget, that could be more than they are willing to pay, although the Gunners could still secure the services of Tierney after Lennon admitted a good enough offer could force Celtic to cash-in. “He has a price, every player does,” Lennon told Sky Sports. “If any team wants to match that then we have a decision to make but until then there’s nothing further to say on it really.”
Tierney is currently working his way back to full fitness following a double hernia operation at the end of last season and Lennon says he is progressing well, although he also acknowledged the ongoing transfer speculation may have unsettled the academy graduate. “He’s coming back from his surgery and is rehabbing,” Lennon continued. “It can be a little bit unsettling, a lot of us have been in that position before.”