Arsenal are reportedly interested in a move for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney this summer. As reported by The Sun, the Gunners have made an initial bid of £15 million for the player. That was however rightly rejected with Celtic informing Arsenal the starting price for any deal is at £25 million.
Celtic are certainly right to have rejected a £15 million bid for the player and Arsenal need to get serious with their valuation of the Celtic star.
Of course, there may be some concern over spending £25 million on a player who only has experience in the Scottish league.
But Arsenal just have to take a look at Liverpool’s recent success to realise why such a mindset could be an error.
Liverpool won the Champions League and narrowly missed out on the Premier League title last season. They did so with both Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Roberton in defence, two players who developed the early parts of their careers in Scottish football.
Van Dijk, in particular, was a player top teams were reluctant to splash out whilst at Celtic. One of those teams was said to be Arsenal. As reported by talkSPORT, Arsenal decided not to pursue a £12 million deal for the player whilst at Celtic.
Southampton eventually took the risk and Liverpool paid a fee reported by The Telegraph to be £75 million for the player in January 2018.
Tierney is showing all the potential to become a top left-back and Arsenal will need to spend the money if they want him to become a Gunner.
If not, they risk watching his value sky-rocket elsewhere, just like Van Dijk’s did.