Kieran Tierney remains a very real option for Arsenal this summer, with the Celtic defender’s agent fanning the flames of a summer move by claiming he “could be on his way” to the Premier League club.
“It is all down to Celtic – if they get a price that they believe is the correct value for Kieran Tierney he could possibly be on his way,” Allan Peston, a representative of the Stellar Group that manages Tierney, told the BBC.
“No one has hit that price yet. I know Kieran really well, I had some food with him the other day. He is such an unassuming young man. He is wealthy at the moment but he doesn’t possess a watch because he isn’t into material things like this.”
Veteran full-back Marcelo is being eyed as a possible replacement if the Gunners fail to secure the signature of Tierney, the Gunners’ £17.5m bid for the Celtic player was turned down by the Scottish champions due to nonsensical add-ons.
Marcelo is one of three Real Madrid players Arsenal have made approaches for, enquiring over Dani Ceballos and Lucas Vazquez.
Spanish publication AS claim Vazquez could sign for the Gunners as early as next week, after the club signalled that they are willing to meet Madrid’s £30m evaluation.
Emery’s side are also one of a number of clubs monitoring Madrid midfielder Ceballos.
The 22-year-old starred for Spain in the recent Under-21 Euros and as Real look to recoup some cash from their fringe players could be available for the right price.
Marca say Arsenal are joined by Liverpool and Tottenham in the race for his signature.
Finally the Mesut Ozil Saga Continues…
Mesut Ozil’s time at Arsenal was limited during Unai Emery’s first season at The Emirates and the midfielder could be on the move this summer.
Turkish journalist Fatih Dogan claimed there is a “50-21 per cent” chance that Ozil leaves for Turkish side Fernerbahce, the club he supported as a child. “Fenerbahce president Ali Koc is working very hard to sign him,” said Dogan. “For his wages and loan fee, the club are trying to find the sponsors. They are working on it.”
Free agent Yacine Brahimi is edging closer to a move to North London, with the Evening Standard reporting the former Porto player is Arsenal’s second choice behind Zaha.
Brahimi will demand a £3m signing-on fee but personal terms are not thought to be an issue.
The Mirror have also reported that Alexandre Lacazette is a target for Atlético Madrid as a replacement for the Barcelona-bound Antoine Griezmann but Arsenal are reluctant to sell the Frenchman.
In other outgoings, young defender Daniel Ballard has joined Swindon Town on a season-long loan.
L’Equipe are also reporting that Bordeaux have made Laurent Koscielny their primary transfer target this summer with Arsenal demanding at least €10m for the 33-year-old.