ARSENAL hope to complete the signing of Kieran Tierney this week – after agreeing to restructure their £25million bid in the hope it will persuade Celtic to accept.
Tierney has been a big target of Unai Emery all summer as he desperately tries to strengthen his defensive options.
But Arsenal’s hopes of landing the 22-year-old Scotland star looked to have fallen flat because they were not willing to come up with £20m up front to tempt Celtic into selling.
Instead they had offered a down payment of £18m, with the further £7m made up of bonuses – including if the club qualified for the Champions League.
Celtic have been unwilling to budge on their down payment demands, not sharing Arsenal’s confidence of finishing in the top four of the Premier League.
And now the Gunners looked to have blinked first, with the Mail reporting they have looked again at the structure of the deal and come back with an improved offer.
They are now confident the Scottish champions will finally give permission for Tierney to discuss personal terms and make the move.
Tierney has told Celtic that he would love the chance of playing in the Premier League, though only when the club were happy with the fee being paid.
It looks like that is now happening, and Arsenal are growing increasingly optimistic they will have the defender in place by the first game of the season.
Manager Emery knows he needs to tighten up defensively this season – but has so far failed to bring in anyone new in that area of the field for the current campaign.
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The London club have paid £27m for William Saliba, but have sent the centre-back straight back to France to spend the year on loan at St Etienne.
So far they have been unable to offload Shkordan Mustafi despite making him available at the start of the close season.
And they have also been hit by the absence of Laurent Koscielny, currently on strike demanding to be allowed to leave on a free transfer despite having a year left to run on his contract.