The Kieran Tierney to Arsenal transfer saga is starting to drag on and a lot has been made about multiple bids, lowball offers, structured payments and so forth but there is more to this than meets the eye.
This is of course just a personal opinion but there is enough info out there including comments from representatives of both Arsenal and Celtic for a logical opinion to be determined.
There was one rumour that all Arsenal needed to do was offer a further £2 Million and the deal could be done but I think we can all agree now that if Arsenal really wanted to they could easily fork out an extra £2 Million.
The transfer budget myth has well and truly been busted and while there is not an unlimited pot of money a couple of million is not going to stop Arsenal from signing a player they really want.
No, what Arsenal want to do is control their spending, they have done that with the Nicolas Pepe deal and they have done that with the William Saliba deal, they simply will not overpay anymore nor will they pay out ridiculous lump sums in one go unless they have no other option.
Arsenal is now doing business a completely different way, they are using super agents who they refused to work with before and they are not rushing into agreements until they get the sort of deal they want, or at least very close to it.
It is not about the money, it is about maintaining control of their transfer business and sticking to their new transfer policy.