Newcastle United appear likely to make a move for Kieran Tierney this summer, and local media outlets suggest Arsenal are looking for £25m+ to sell.
Northeastern outlet The Northern Echo claim Arsenal want at least £25m to sell Kieran Tierney this summer.
The Echo writes that Mikel Arteta and Tierney are still on good terms, but there’s an acceptance at Arsenal that the player is unlikely to be happy with a rotation role next season. They won’t stand in his way if he pushes to leave.
This £25m figure seems exceedingly low considering Tierney’s status as a top left-back and regular international with a long contract, particularly when the buyer is Newcastle United.
A Premier League rival with a new rich owner, Newcastle should expect to pay a major premium on any Arsenal players.
In fairness, the Echo’s article seems to be basing their £25m figure on the amount Arsenal bought Tierney for in the first place.
Their information appears to be that Arsenal officials are insisting they won’t be selling Tierney at a loss. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’d accept £25m, just that there’s no chance they’d take less.
Hopefully, when it comes down to it, Arsenal would hold out for a lot more than that.
Lee Ryder recently wrote for ChronicleLive that Tierney is open to joining Newcastle in the summer transfer window, assuming Arsenal don’t start playing him more often.
Meanwhile, James Benge reported in January that there’s an increasing belief that Tierney may leave Arsenal in the summer transfer market.
“There’s a growing expectation at Arsenal right now that Kieran Tierney could move in the summer,” Benge told the House of Champions podcast.
“I don’t think Arsenal would push him out the exit door. But now he’s not a guaranteed starter, I think if the right offer came in, all parties are thinking this is something that might happen – not guaranteed.”
Though the defender hasn’t necessarily been a starter for Arsenal this season, he’s still a key part of the squad, making 26 appearances in all competitions.
There’s no doubt Oleksandr Zinchenko is the first-choice left-back at the moment, limiting Tierney to just four Premier League starts.
But Tierney has started all nine games in the other three competitions, so he hasn’t been frozen out. If Newcastle want to lure him away, they’ll have to make a reasonable offer.