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Celtic facing up to ‘£25m blow’

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Celtic are facing a massive £25m loss with Arsenal scaling down their interest in Kieran Tierney.

After two weeks of excited speculation about a second bid coming in, generally with 48 hours including ‘add-ons’ it seems that the story has almost run it’s course.

One derisory bid of £15, similar to what Mesut Ozil will pick up in wages over the next 12 months, was rejected by Celtic who have so far spent £10m in this transfer window.

Despite the constant speculation there hasn’t been a word from Tierney, he’s not looking for a dream move that will be life changing never mind pleading for Arsenal to end his 8-in-a-row hell.

Picking up the latest drift in this saga The Express reports:

Scotland international Tierney has been heavily linked with a move to north London since the club’s Europa League final defeat in May, but Neil Lennon has previously stated that he won’t be sold unless the asking price is met in full. The 22-year-old had been seen as a long-term solution for the left-back position at the club but despite the player’s quality, Arsenal are not happy with the £25m price tag set by Celtic bosses

Arsenal chiefs have now turned their attentions elsewhere, without closing the door on a move for Tierney completely, and scouted AC Milan full-back Ricardo Rodriguez as another option. Switzerland international Rodriguez joined Milan from Wolfsburg in 2017 and has been a regular starter during his two years in Italy.

Tierney is currently completing his recovery from an end of season double hernia operation and will miss both legs of the Champions League qualifiers against FK Sarajevo.

The 22-year-old is under contract with Celtic until 2023.

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