Celtic manager Neil Lennon has reportedly admitted that his star left-back Kieran Tierney is similar to former Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and stated that he would like to keep hold of the Scotsman despite the fact that Arsenal is interested in his signature.
The Gunners finished in fifth place in the Premier League table and missed out on a Champions League berth. Unai Emery’s side had another chance of making it into the elite competition if they beat fierce local rivals Chelsea in the Europa League final but a 4-1 thrashing against the Blues meant that the Spanish boss has a big job on his hands for the summer and beyond.
However, Emery needs transfers in the summer to bolster his squad and get Arsenal back to competing once again. One particular area that the 48-year-old needs to solidify is his backline and Emery needs a decent left-back to fill in for the aging Nacho Monreal. The Spanish defender is 33 years old and although Sead Kolasinac is a good option in attack, he does not provide a suitable base for defending.
Arsenal has been keeping tabs on Celtic defender Kieran Tierney over the past few weeks as the Scotsman has impressed heavily at the Celtic Park over the past few years. The North London side made a bid of £15 million for the 22-year-old defender but that offer was rejected as the Scottish champions are holding out on a deal worth £25 million.
The Premier League side is still quite confident of landing Tierney to the Emirates Stadium this summer and Celtic manager Neil Lennon has explained that it will be difficult to keep hold of their prized asset giving Cristiano Ronaldo’s move from Manchester United to Real Madrid as a comparison.
While speaking to reporters, the 48-year-old Northern Irishman opened up on Tierney’s £25 million price tag, “It’s huge money, but Kieran is a huge player, It’s important we have a valuation of the player, if it’s not met then we don’t have to sell. This is what we’re saying: we don’t want to sell, but sometimes players leave – even big players. Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United and they are the biggest club in the world, so these things happen. From a business point of view, it may be substantial for the club, but from a footballing point it might be detrimental to us long-term”
From Lennon’s comments, it’s safe to say that Celtic would be considering losing Tierney in the summer if Arsenal meets the desired price tag for the Scottish giants. Arsenal is in need of reinforcements and Emery should recruit Tierney despite his hefty price tag.