Arsenal has apparnetly increased their interest in Celtic defender Kieran Tierney, according to the the Daily Mail
Arsenal have previously been linked with the 22-year-old and we covered that here just a couple of weeks ago, however, SportsMail are claiming that our interested has firmed up somewhat and a bid could be tabled in just a few days time.
The report further claims that Unai Emery sees the young left back as a shrewd investment and that he has made his views on the Scottish international clear to the board.
It seems that Emery is convinced that Tierney is more than capable of making the leap from Scottish Premiership football to the English Premier League.
Finally, the earlier article linked above had the young lad valued at £26 Million, whereas has this most recent claim has him valued at roughly £20 Million.
So, that is the background to the rumour and there are four questions that leap out at me which I think can be easily answered.
Can we trust the Daily Mail? I think most people would say no but that does not mean that we are not interested in the player, I believe we are.
Would he be a shrewd investment? In my opinion, definitely, if he is a success, which I believe he will be, his value would skyrocket.
Can he make the leap from Scottish domestic football to English football? I wholeheartedly agree with Emery’s reported opinion on this, I honestly believe he will adapt comfortably.
Is he worth up to £26 Million, I would say absolutely he is. When you compare that valuation to some of the crazy fees being bandied around about some players we have been linked with then I think £26 Million is a bargain for a player of Tierney’s quality.
Now, the normal caveats are attached with this rumour but of all the rumours I have heard in the last couple of months, this one remains one of the very few that gets me genuinely excited and one I deep down hope is true and that we do make a move for him.