Arsenal have been dealt a triple blow in their efforts to sell left-back Kieran Tierney this summer after it emerged that his pool of potential destinations are rapidly shrinking.
The Gunners have been keen to shift the Scottish defender all summer, and he has been linked with clubs across the Premier League and Europe, including Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Manchester City.
However, no move has yet materialised. Quizzed on the defender following an injury to Jurrien Timber which will rule him out for much of the season, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta claimed that Tierney was still a part of his plans.
“Well, he played the [Community Shield], no? So, a player that played five days before in the final is part of the plans, for sure”, he explained.
However, there are doubts over his place in the side, having made just eight Premier League starts last season and losing his spot to Oleksandr Zinchenko. It seems as though in an ideal world, the Gunners would cash in and reinvest the proceeds in a player more suited to Mikel Arteta’s style.
This is looking increasingly unlikely though, and the Gunners have been handed three blows on that front.
The first comes with Newcastle United set to end their interest in the defender and instead sign Chelsea youngster Lewis Hall, in a deal worth £28m. To make matters worse, Spanish outlet Relevo report that Real Sociedad are also looking elsewhere after rumours that the Spanish side could look for a loan deal with an option to buy.
In an ironic twist of fate, it is north London rivals Tottenham that look set to benefit from that change of heart, with Sociedad now targetting Sergio Reguilon, who Ange Postecoglu left out of the matchday squad for the opening day of the season.
And, in what could be yet another blow to Arsenal’s hopes of selling Tierney this summer, fellow suitors Aston Villa have also turned their eyes elsewhere and are in talks with Sevilla over a move for Argentine defender Marcos Acuna, ruling them out of a move for the Arsenal man.