Former Man City star talks up move for Arsenal leader

Steve McManaman has talked up Manchester City’s supposed interest in signing Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney this summer.

The Scotsman is amongst the leaders in the current squad, with Tierney amongst the favourites to be named our captain going into the new season, and if I was a betting man, I would be assuming that he will be declared vice-captain behind Martin Odegaard for the new campaign.

Should Man City get their way however, that will not come to fruition with reports claiming that they are considering a move to bring the 25 year-old to the Etihad, and former England, Liverpool and Man City midfielder believes the signing would make sense.

“He’s a good left-back and City need a left-back,” McManaman is quoted by the GlasgowTimes as stating. “I mean they’ve got Oleksandr Zinchenko who’s been in and out. The Benjamin Mendy case is ongoing.

“They’ve played a number of people at that position and they don’t seem to be comfortable at it. Guardiola doesn’t seem to be entirely comfortable with Nathan Ake playing there, Zinchenko playing there, Cancelo playing there. He’s played a lot of people in those positions over a number of years now and I think he wants a left-back.

“Whether someone moves on and he brings a left-back in, but I think Kieran Tierney would be absolutely fine playing there.

“Man City seem solid enough centrally. They seem solid enough on the right-hand side. Joao Cancelo can play on the left, but he’s better as a right-back, so these are gaps that Guardiola will probably think need plugging a bit.

“You can also see people leaving Man City if they are to bring people in, because the squad is so talented, that’s the hard part of managing these squads now – keeping 20 international players happy.”

While I’m not surprised to hear Tierney being linked with a move away from the club, I believe our decision to extend his playing contract last summer will block any such move. The 25 year-old is a key playing in north London, and unless Man City are going to come in and pay upwards of £50 Million to try and tempt us into accepting an offer, I’m not buying that there is any truth to these rumours.

How much do you think City would need to offer to try and tempt our club into selling KT?


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  1. I agree that right now we are not interested in letting Tierney leave for City or anywhere. But one more injury plagued season would, IMO, fundamentally change our outlook.
    No manager can keep a player, however talented, if he is rarely, and over an extended period, unfit more often than not .
    That would be like doing a DIABY and so I believe the COMING SEASON is the last chance saloon for Tierney, IF he is to have a long Arsenal career.
    His quality is not in question but permanent crocks are no use at all. REALITY!

    1. Aterta should be patient with KT3 he didn’t have this kind of injury records at celtic, quality cover is just the answer to protect him… Don’t forget RVP spent most of his arsenal career crocked only to be sold to utd and giving them their last epl title in the process

  2. I don’t think any of our starters will be leaving this summer but by next summer if we are not in the champions league we could see a few big names leaving the club for titles and UCL. Possible team;
    Ramsdale (very shaky atm)

    Teirney, Gabriel, Saliba, Tomi

    Øde Vieria

    Saka Jesus Martinelli

    Back 5 solid if fit, Partey the shield.

    Jesus & Vieria are what we are getting and tbh I’d rather Martinelli up top with Smithrowe out wide instead of Jesus. He’s not a no9. Think about that £35m & £50m then £220k a week for the latter. That’s over £100m on these 2.

    This team doesn’t fill me at all with confidence. We need another beast like Partey and a bully of a CF like a Nunez or Haaland but we get Jesus.

  3. With his injury record, if they want him for £50m+ then maybe – as long as there’s a good replacement AND back-up available in the same window, which may not be easy to do.

    If Jesus is being negotiated as per reports then I’d expect to see these transfers linked though tbh. This seems to be just second-hand reporting of the ramblings of an old-time player being reported, it’s not based on anything really concrete.

  4. We should over charge for his transfer fee, exactly as City did for Jesus.

    50 million for a player in his last year and not considered a consistent starter, never scored close to 20 goals.

    Put a 60 million price on Tierney to return the favor to City ending any discussion, or make a massive profit and bring in LB from Brighton.

    1. It’s our fault for agreeing to such huge amount. Probably we will overpay for that LB as well. They have already tasted the honey on BW fee.

  5. Tierney we knew very well about over playing him but with top 4 in sight and Tavares not trusted we persevered and paid unfortunately. We probably stuck with him and 10mill would be the max we would get and that probably would only be a sentimental return to Celtic. We just got caught with a talented injury crock. How to package and hock him off is similar to the need to package and hock off Pepe off to any fool buyer willing to ake the risk. My concern is that Tomiyasu and Partey injuries mean they are both on similar trajectories.

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