That’s according to journalist Duncan Castles, who thinks the Gunners’ low transfer budget means they won’t be able to meet Celtic’s £30m asking price for defensive target Kieran Tierney.
And the Gabon international’s tally of 22 Premier League goals in 2018/19 saw him finish as joint top-scorer alongside Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Now he is being linked with a move to China, with two Super League clubs reportedly keen on signing him this summer – and Castles feels the Gunners even contemplating the idea of selling him is bad news for Celtic.
“I think it is an indication of where Arsenal are financially”
“We’ve mentioned before the Chinese interest in Aubameyang and the possibility that Arsenal might choose to cash in on a player like Aubameyang, who’s paid very highly on their wage scale, to create room and to deal elsewhere – which seems bizarre given he finished as the Premier League’s joint top-scorer,” he said on The Transfer Window podcast.
“But I think it is an indication of where Arsenal are financially.
“And for that reason, and also I think that Kieran Tierney has had injury problems last season, he’s had a persistent hip situation that he’s had to have an operation on, I think it might well be difficult for Celtic to secure that full asking price for a player who has that question mark over his recovery and who may resist the move himself.
“So let’s see where Celtic are prepared to compromise on a fee and how far Arsenal can go spending on that one position.
“Also let’s see if another of the Premier League clubs who have been monitoring Tierney for some time now are prepared to move into the market now they see another opportunity to buy him.
“And as you say, he’s probably Celtic’s only major sellable asset this summer.
“Celtic want to raise cash in the transfer market, so that’s again a situation that can be exploited by suitors of the player.
Arsenal are believed to have seen a £15m bid rejected for Tierney, which falls well below Celtic’s valuation of the left-back.
According to The Scottish Sun, the Gunners plan on paying him more than £70,000-a-week if they can get a deal done – which equates to £4m-a-year.
If Tierney penned a five-year contract at the Emirates, he would rake in an eye-watering £20m.
However, The Scottish Sun go on to claim that Celtic are prepared to play hardball over a transfer fee.
They will offload the Scotland international for no less than £25m this summer, which means Arsenal will need to stump up another £10m to get their man.
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