Arsenal will go head-to-head with Liverpool and Manchester City for the signature of Celtic sensation left-back Kieran Tierney, according to reports.
The highly rated full-back has been in sparkling form for the Scottish club this season and he has attracted interest from the Premier League big clubs.
It was reported by the Daily Star that Arsenal have been monitoring the defender closely and are believed to be favourite to sign the prolific teenager ahead of our rivals in the summer.
Tierney joined Celtic aged 8 and moved through the ranks to develop into an impressive defender and also has the ability to go forward.
Despite just being 18, he has been able to command a regular place in the club’s first team-due to his incredible performances-, making 21 league starts this season. He has also been capped by Scotland national side. The Daily Star also claimed that Arsenal will have to part with up to £5 million to land the recently crowned PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year.
Tierney could replace Kieran Gibbs at the Emirates Stadium as Arsene Wenger is reportedly ready to offload the England international as part of the major overhaul of the team expected in the summer. The 26-year-old has lost form and has dropped behind Nacho Monreal who is also not getting any younger.
Gibbs has been limited to Capital One and FA Cups outings and few appearances in the Premier League this season, and the Gunners boss is keen to bring in someone that will serve as a back-up for Monreal. Tierney signed a new contract with the Glasgow giants and still has 3 years left on the contract.
It is not certain if Celtic will be willing to part with their talisman but a good offer could prompt them to accept a deal since Celtic have sold a number of players to the Premier League before.
With Nacho Monreal, 30, reportedly set to be drafted into the central midfield, the Celtic player could compete for the left-back spot should Gibbs remain at the club. However, we just have to wait in anticipation as regards what Wenger has in mind for the summer transfer window.