Arsenal confident of agreeing deal for £22m-rated defender

Arsenal are reportedly close to signing Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney according to reports from England. Tierney has been linked to the Gunners in recent weeks with Celtic rejecting an initial bid of £15million for the young fullback.

BBC reporter David Ornstein revealed this some time ago that Celtic wants a bigger transfer fee for the Scotland international. It is understood that both teams are willing to negotiate and there is a sense of understanding that a deal could be agreed in the coming days.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is reportedly keen on a new left back as the future of Nacho Monreal is uncertain. The Spaniard has been linked with a move back to Spain and also turns 34 next season, while Sead Kolasinac has not been consistent for the Gunners.

There had been reports that Arsenal had included Carl Jenkinson as part of the deal that was rejected by Celtic. The North London club have little to spend this summer, with the club operating within a transfer budget of £45 million.

Tierney is considered as one of the high rising fullbacks in the Scottish League. His ability to bomb forward from the fullback position makes him a quality defender despite being injury-prone. He is also considered as a quality defender and has been a mainstay with the Scottish champions in the past four seasons.

He would be a decent signing for the Gunners as he would bring pace and at age 22 can develop into a world-class performer in the coming years.

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