Arsenal & Kieran Tierney: Celtic left-back returns to UK, Gunners expected to up transfer bid

Arsenal & Celtic’s Kieran Tierney

Will this be the week in which Arsenal manage to make a breakthrough in a deal to sign Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney?

Arsenal’s interest in Tierney has been well-documented this summer.

Tierney is under contract at Celtic until 2023.

Last season, he played 40 matches in all competitions for Celtic. He scored once and contributed six assists.

Recently, BBC reporter David Ornstein confirmed that Arsenal had seen a 15 million pound offer for Tierney rejected.

However, the BBC journalist also revealed that Arsenal remain optimistic of getting a deal done.

Celtic left-back returns to UK, Gunners ready to up transfer bid

Today, the Sunday Post have indicated that Arsenal’s efforts to sign Tierney may soon bear fruit.

According to the Sunday Post, Arsenal are “closing in” on Tierney.

Critically, the paper reports that Arsenal will up their bid to the 25 million pounds which Celtic have been requesting.

The Gunners intend to offer Celtic 20 million pounds up-front, plus another 5 million in add-ons.

Sunday Post: Arsenal & Celtic’s Kieran Tierney

The Sunday Post also reveal that Tierney has left Celtic’s pre-season training camp in Austria to return to the UK.

The implication is that Tierney has returned to Britain to wrap up his transfer to Arsenal.

However, it’s worth noting that Neil Lennon has explained Tierney’s return to the UK, saying:

Kieran has gone back home too, to finish off his rehab.

Tierney is on the comeback trail from a hernia problem.

Also see: Arsenal have tried selling Mustafi ‘every window’ plus Celtic’s Tierney & William Saliba transfer updates.

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