Arsenal finally close to landing one of their primary targets

If there is one thing that has epitomised Arsenal’s transfer window it has been hesitation, however, it seems that they are finally starting to act decisively.

It is being reported today that they have put down another bid for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney for £25 Million, thus meeting the Scottish Champions valuation.

There is also some credibility behind the reports with BBC Scotland reporter Chris McLaughlin, confirming the reports.

Also, other fairly credible outlets, though not always, Skysports as an example, have also confirmed the bid.

This tells me that we can be fairly certain that Arsenal has done what a lot of people have been urging them to do, put in a bid that the Hoops will agree to.

Only on Friday the Celtic manager Neil Lennon had said that no bids have been put in and that Tierney would remain a Hoop until such a time that the clubs valuation had been met.

Well, that has happened but it does not mean that we are there just yet.

Napoli is still hovering and then there is the medical which may not be a foregone conclusion when you consider the 22-year-old has just had a double hernia operation.

But all things considered, you have to think this one is very close to finally happening and that Kieran Tierney is set to become a Gunner.

47 Comments

  1. kev says:

    The deal was not done but a fee was agreed in principle ages ago(fee and personal terms).
    Scottish media outlets and some from England were used to propagate four different bids(£15m,£17.5m,£18m and £19m) which were all fake.Only two official bids have been submitted for Tierney and pur second bid was accepted

    Also the bid is roughly £18m + £7m in add ons which totals £25m.

    Arsenal could be set to make a move for Everton Soares and Dani Alves.

    1. Phil says:

      @Kev-it seems you got there in the end.Hope this deal does go through.Good player who will improve us immensely.And the right age too

      1. Inlovewitharsene says:

        Nice one old man Phil. Subtly applauding kev didn’t get it wrong after all.

      2. kev says:

        Aah yes Phil we are all hoping it goes through.I can’t stand seeing Kolasinac being our first LB anymore.Luckily for him, Mustafi makes him look better.

    2. Inlovewitharsene says:

      Kev nice one from you. Please don’t stop telling us whatever deals you get wind of. Some of your punts gave me hope for the summer. Anyways any more deals barring Tierney? And what if saliba?is he going to them spuds?

      1. kev says:

        I will keep em coming and with proper wording.Saliba will make a decision but from what I had read he picked us over Spurs and PSG.If he chooses Spurs then he has gone back on his word.

        Dani Alves and Everton Soares ate seriously on our radar.

    3. aMoistMuffin says:

      hmmm. you made similar comments about Saliba and correct me if im wrong even put something like Saliba is a gooner. Im not having a dig at you Kev as i enjoy reading your rumours/info even if i dont agree with all of it. I just feel like you jump the gun at times, maybe with good intentions but you end up with egg on your face when it backfires ie. the Saliba deal.

      1. kev says:

        Yes I apologised about both Saliba and Tierney deals in saying they were “done”.What I wanted to say is “a deal was agreed in principle” which implies both fees and personal terms were agreed

        1. aMoistMuffin says:

          ah sorry i must have missed that but as said above keep em coming it does make for good reading. hopefully Saliba picks us as he looks a real prospect

  2. Lugdush says:

    Gremio ask 36mm for everton soares…arsenal should go for him if they offerd 40mm for zaha…everton is better and younger…i hope edu could convince the incompetent arsenal board since edu should know very well the player

    1. gotanidea says:

      Everton Soares’ left leg is dead

      I’d prefer Zaha to be our new LW if Palace can lower their expectation on his price. Because Zaha doesn’t always rely on his stronger right foot to cut inside, he is stronger and has a bag of tricks

      However, if his valuation is still at 80 M, we had better get Pepe or Chukwueze

      1. Donwest says:

        U and these your chukwueze..are u his agent??

  3. Ideal says:

    Great!… D midfield needs quality energetic and high work rate players to get d best performances out of d team. No team can play to their optimum best with d indifferent, sluggish un- enterprising and fearful clueless midfield of last season arsenal boasts of(only being honest due respect to Ramsey )to achieve glory of any kind.

    1. i think letting ramsey go is a bad business all together arsenal need a midfielder who is strong and fast the midfield is slow and sluggish, arsenal will miss ramsey when it comes to playing the top six teams he knows them than anyone in the team last season he made good impact against spurs home and away we miss him against Chelsea europa league finals, all am saying arsenal need a leftback, central defender, strong midfielder and a fast winger

  4. gotanidea says:

    Despite being a talented player in Scotland, his injury record and his hernia problem could make him miss a lot matches later. He just appeared in 21 league matches last season, but we badly need someone to improve Kolasinac

    Bendtner also had a hernia surgery and his performances deteriorated after that. I hope Arsenal medical team and scouts have assessed Tierney thoroughly, because there was no other club interested in him

    1. Inlovewitharsene says:

      Bro Tierney doesn’t have a bad injury record. Only last season he had those hearnia issues. I really like this deal. He can whip a ball and even set pieces too

      1. Madhatter says:

        I agree KT doesn’t have a bad injury record…. Even with his hernias he still made 43 appearances last season and 60 appearances the season before that. He has recovered from the hernia op but does however have a slight osteitis pubis problem (probably from being overused) so he will need to be slowly introduced but that seems to be Emery’s M O with new signings anyway so shouldn’t be much of a problem.
        Fingers crossed this one is signed, sealed and delivered soon

    2. Lola says:

      Hernia surgery has nothing to do with performance. Take my opinion as a doctor myself. If surgery is successful, it wouldn’t cause problem.

  5. GunnerJack says:

    O.T. It seems Mislintat left because he thought bringing in Suarez was not a good idea and wanted to promote Willock and Saka instead.
    No wonder we let Sven go – we can’t be having good, solid, sensible ideas at Arsenal can we?

    1. Durand says:

      Gunnerjack I saw same story in multiple news feeds. Emery got his way and shit the bed. He should focus on “coaching” and leave talent evaluation to the experts.

      Sven brought in Leno, Guendouzi, Auba, Sokratis (meh), and Torreria. That’s good business, I’d say 80% successful. Emery and Suarez outdid Kallstrom and set new low.

      Emery did well in 2 1/2 horse Spanish league, but his approach over final 5 games cost us 3rd. Immediately a full stop on Emery’s transfer choices, and he should stay in his lane and coach.

      Hopefully a year later Emery now has a philosophy and style of play, and not a repeat of that eye bleeding, gut wrenching, boring slow motion play that made me want to gouge out my eyes with rusty spoon.

      1. GunnerJack says:

        Hi Durand – I just took a break to catch up with the cricket 🙂
        Emery. I don’t really have much faith in him to be honest, even if he did just concentrate on coaching. In fact I don’t have much faith in any of our board/coaches except Freddie.
        Hope he can persuade UE to give the youngsters a chance.
        Like you I am wondering about what style of play he’ll come up with.

        1. Durand says:

          I hope Emery works with Freddie b/c he did amazing with the youngsters, and Freddie understands Arsenal style of play.

          Honestly I’d love to see what Freddie could do with this lot, and if we miss CL again Emery should go. Wenger had 2 chances, then sacked. If Emery gets another “Honeymoon” year it seems a bit unfair on Wenger.

          Maybe Freddie getting some 1st team coaching reps in case Emery can’t get it done.

          Team isn’t”great” by any means, but had 3rd in the bag and Emery couldn’t get results last 5 PL matches; 6 points out of 15.

          1. GunnerJack says:

            Freddie and the Youngsters! The new band from Arsenal! See them in glorious action at a stadium near you – hopefully.

            OK maybe not you Duran as I seem to remember you saying you live in the States or at least abroad somewhere – is that correct or am I mixing you up with someone else?

          2. ozziegunner says:

            Durand, Emery only has one year (this coming season) left on his contract. Apparently Emery with season ending injuries to 6 players, a thin squad and under performing “stars”, who many wanted dropped, should have dragged the team into third or fourth? What was he supposed to do pull on the boots himself and make sure players didn’t miss penalties or sitters or make silly defensive errors or commit stupid fouls giving away penalties?
            Hopefully you are right about Freddie Ljundberg remaining available, because due to the lack of support by the Arsenal Board and the opinions of critics, Unai Emery is a “dead man walking.”

          3. Durand says:

            Got me right I live in States, North Carolina. Arsenal playing in Charlotte, about 5 1/2 hours away. Trying to convince the lady my support is crucial, and their overall success rests soley on my personal attendance, lol.

            Currently she’s not taking the bait, so I’m presently on my best boy behavior.

            Considering going full-on Kos and skipping her family reunion, but my agent has ruled against it due to my personal safety and well-being.

            At 46 I’ve lost some value in the market, lol.

          4. RSH says:

            @ozziegunner We had several opportunities win easily get 4th. He mismanaged several games at the end of the season. Even with Auba’s missed pen against Spuds, we should’ve secured 4th with all the chances our rivals kept giving us.

          5. Durand says:

            Ozziegunner fair points made my friend. I will say this, we were sitting 3rd with 5 to play and Emery chose to go all-in on Europa final rather than play odds of our easier last 5 games.

            We stagnated and muffed against 10 man opponent, and he fielded woeful selections to finish season b/c he arrogantly underestimated PL opponents.

            Miscalculation on his part in my opinion, and costly financially speaking. Shocking gamble with his selections and he flamed out in the end.

  6. Welbeck says:

    I’m not Holding my breath Rob, until its officially announced.

  7. Innit says:

    I know people are excited for a second signing. So am I. And I know a lot people won’t agre

    But with such a low budget (if that’s indeed the case), I don’t think a LB should be prioritized over CB, CM, Winger as first signing

    It worries me that this is a sign that Emery is keeping Mustafi, Ozil, Mkhitayan, Xhaka, Elneny, maybe even Jenkinson if we don’t get another RB to back up Bellerin.

    I guarantee United will be better next season, even if we are too.

    I hope I’m wrong and Getting a LB is a sign that we have plenty of money for transfers (lol)

    1. Durand says:

      Problem is we have no buyers for players you mentioned. Their high transfer fees coupled with their massive wages massively increases difficulty of selling them.

      Secondly, we have to get 1st team talent where and when we find it. Think of it this way my friend,

      Tierney and Bellerin can set FB slots for next 6-8 years. Add Holding and Saliba (hopefully) with Leno can set our defense for 6-8 years. That’s great business and avoids heavy invest in defense for years.

      Our attack is ok, but our defense is atrocious. Getting solid defense will improve our attack, and help our struggling midfield. Bellerin and Tierney getting forward allows Torreria to sit back and be the monster DM that turned our head.

    2. GunnerJack says:

      Actually Innit I thought a LB was our TOP priority.
      With Monreal not getting any younger and Kolasinac useless we had a big black hole in that position.
      If we don’t fill it then maybe Emery may again force AM to play out of position there, which will be a complete waste of his talents. Just ask Pogba 🙂

      1. Daniel says:

        @GunnerJack What do you mean by just ask Pogba, did he say something to AMN

        1. GunnerJack says:

          Yes Daniel after our match against Man U last season he had a word with AMN after the match and then gave him some advice. We lost 2 – 1 but AMN held his own against Pogba and Nemanja Matic. In think he may have got man of the match for that performance.
          Thierry Henry also chimed in at the time, saying it was his view that central midfield is AMN’s best position.

          1. GunnerJack says:

            Daniel I just found this on football.london:
            ‘Pogba even congratulated the player after the game and now Maitland-Niles has revealed what was said between the two of them after the full-time whistle.’
            “He said to me that I need to keep working hard,” he told Sky Sports. “He enjoyed playing against me and that was it really.
            “He just told me to keep going and gave me some words of advice which was nice.”

    3. RSH says:

      Yup, the main problem is that nobody wants our deadwood that are all on inflated wages. Monreal has had the heaviest links away and if we get Tierney, it is likely a Spanish club will try to take him. Mustafi, Ozil, only linked with Turkish clubs, and Ozil rumor got shut down quick. Miki is known trash and not a single club wants him. Elneny, same situation.

  8. S.J says:

    Lol.? Nice one @Welbeck

  9. benex says:

    This will make Kev feel like a Champ., not until he’s in Arsenal shirt will I believe. Tired of this rumours here and there.

  10. Tissiam says:

    Great we have put a bid for an injured player!

  11. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    But I can see a problem with Tierney if he’s coming to play for Arsenal next season if he is signed by the club this summer. This problem could arise because of the 2 hernia operations he’s reported to have undergone and he’s currently reported to be recovering from the operations. If so, how then is he going to pass the medical examinations and tests before the deal signing him will go through?

    Why should Arsenal sign a player for £25m this summer but can’t play him from the start of next season’s campaign? Because despite our enthusiasm in seeing Arsenal about to complete the signing of Tierney this summer window, but from all indications they may not start using him in matches to play for Arsenal until he has fully recovered from the Hernia operations he has had and also train to be in good condition physically before he could start playing for Arsenal. Which could run up to 8 weeks perceiving, after the new season’s campaign has commenced.

    And media reports have had that Arsenal has submitted a 2nd bid in the region of £27m to St Eitieen to sign William Saliba this summer. But will not use the player next season after signing him as he’ll be loaned back immediately to St Eitieen after Arsenal have signed him is beyond my comprehension. If all these 2 Arsenal incoming transfer news as they concern Saliba and Tierney are true, then I don’t understand Arsenal incoming transfer policy this summer which looks to be a departure from the old regime incoming transfer policy at Arsenal that will see a new player signed and is put into use immediately after he’s signed. But I can not remember when the old hierarchy regime before the new one now at Arsenal signed a player and loan him back to the club that they signed him from. To me the signing of Tierney this summer by Arsenal if completed, could amount to when Arsenal signed Kim Kalstrom on loan in one transfer window. But whose injury wa hidden from Arsenal but became known them after he was signed.

    But Tierney 2 hernia operations are known to Arsenal and yet they didn’t back off from completing the deal to sign him as the look willing to go ahead to complete the deal. This is clearly a case of incoming transfer incompetence shown this simmer window by the new bosses at Arsenal I would think.

    1. MadHatter says:

      Even Lennon has come out and said that KT has recovered from the hernia op…. He has a slight osteitis pubis problem, probably from being overplayed by Celtic if you ask me, but even that is nearly sorted and nothing serious…. By the time the season starts KT should be fit and raring to go

    2. RSH says:

      KT can be our starting LB for years if he ends up being quality. We need to think beyond just the first few weeks of the season. Kolasinac is still fine enough backup.

  12. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    But I can see a problem with Tierney if he’s coming to play for Arsenal next season if he is signed by the club this summer. This problem could arise because of the 2 hernia operations he’s reported to have undergone and he’s currently reported to be recovering from the operations. If so, how then is he going to pass the medical examinations and tests before the deal signing him will go through?

    Why should Arsenal sign a player for £25m this summer but can’t play him from the start of next season’s campaign? Because despite our enthusiasm in seeing Arsenal about to complete the signing of Tierney this summer window, but from all indications they may not start using him in matches to play for Arsenal until he has fully recovered from the Hernia operations he has had and also train to be in good condition physically before he could start playing for Arsenal. Which could run up to 8 weeks perceiving, after the new season’s campaign has commenced.

    And media reports are having it that Arsenal have submitted a 2nd bid in the region of £27m to St Eitieen to sign William Saliba this summer. But will not use the player next season after signing him as he’ll be loaned back immediately to St Eitieen after Arsenal have signed him is beyond my comprehension. If all these 2 Arsenal incoming transfer news as they concern Saliba and Tierney are true, then I don’t understand Arsenal incoming transfer policy this summer which looks to be a departure from the old regime incoming transfer policy at Arsenal that will see a new player signed and is put into use immediately after he’s signed. But I can not remember when the old hierarchy regime before the new one now at Arsenal signed a player and loaned him back to the club that they signed him from. To me the signing of Tierney this summer by Arsenal if completed, could amount to when Arsenal signed Kim Kalstrom on loan in one transfer window. But whose injury was hidden from Arsenal knowing but became known them after he was signed.

    But Tierney 2 hernia operations are known to Arsenal and yet they didn’t back off from completing the deal to sign him as they look willing to go ahead to complete the deal. This is clearly a case of incoming transfer incompetence shown this simmer window by the new bosses at Arsenal I would think.

  13. Anti-kev says:

    Everton Soares? Trickish, fast but nt physical. Do we need that?

  14. Declan says:

    Tierney will be a good signing but he’s yet another player who won’t be starting the season as he’s recovering from a double hernia operation. So he will be joining Holding and a Bellerin in the recovery suite at the Emirates. If we also sign Saliba he won’t be playing for a year. I see it looks like Nketiah will be loaned out to Bristol City for the season, why? Sorry but I’m not too happy with how things are looking for our very tough start to the season.

  15. Sean Williams says:

    Arsenal are going to sign a player they could have already signed whom they could have already signed. Sounds Arsenal to me. Makes you confident doesn’t it?

  16. Declan says:

    Just been reading that Celtic have turned down our latest offer and want the total amount up front.
    We should either pay up and shut up or tell them to fùck off and walk away.
    It’s getting embarrassing.

  17. Ba Elkhirsawy says:

    He seems talented and would be better than Sead, but I have to say I am worried due to his injury history.

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