Arsenal have a received a boost in the chase for Kieran Tierney and it now looks as though the Celtic defender will be an Arsenal player after all.
Reliable source, BBC, reports that Celtic have sealed a permanent transfer for Rapid Vienna left-back Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo. It is reported that both clubs have agreed a £3m transfer feeand the 24-year-old has agreed a four-year deal with the Scottish giants.
Bolingoli-Mbombo is believed to be a direct replacement for Arsenal target Tierney who has been linked with a move to the north London club in recent weeks.
Even as though Celtic say they are not under any obligation to sell Tierney to Arsenal, it is believed that by signing Bolingoli-Mbombo, the Scotland international will finally be allowed to make his dream move to Arsenal.
Celtic have indeed frustrated Arsenal in the deal for Tierney as they have rejected two bids (£15m and £17,5m) tabled by the English club. However, it is now reported that Arsenal are confident that a deal around £22m would seal a move for the left-back.
Metro reports that Arsenal are weighing up another bid which will be tabled within the next 48 hours. It is reported that Arsenal have been told that a fee around £22m would be a ‘fair price’ for the 22-year-old.
Tierney is expected to replace Nacho Monreal whose contract expired on June 30.