Arsenal are reportedly ready to count their loss and sell injury-plagued left-back Kieran Tierney to Leicester City in the summer. The Scottish international has been restricted to 11 times in all competitions this season due to an injury which has ruled him out for more than two months.
Tierney left Celtic in 2019 to join Arsenal for around £25m. The 22-year-old was a key player and part of Rodger’s side that dominated the Scottish league. He lifted four Scottish Premiership titles and as well won three PFA Young Player of the Year awards in Scotland.
According to reports, Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is interested in reuniting Tierney in the summer and sees him as a perfect replacement for Ben Chilwell, who might leave the King Power Stadium. The Leicester left-back has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea to help Frank Lampard solve his defensive problem. The Blues are ready to pay as much as £100m for the England international who has established himself as a regular in the national team.
The report added that the Foxes will be ready to offer Arsenal £25million for Tierney which is the same price the Gunners paid to bring the left-back to the Emirates Stadium last summer. As the Gunners prepare for a major squad overhaul under Mikel Arteta next summer, they will be able to let him leave.
It is doubtful if Arteta will let Tierney join Leicester after the manager described him as an incredible player as he nears a comeback from a shoulder injury. He, however, said that the left-back will not feature against Newcastle.
Arteta said: “He’s making very good progress but we need to wait for the bone and attachment with the tendon to heal before he can make any contact.
“He has been training, his work ethic is incredible, I’ve been really impressed with him.
“Hopefully we can get him soon but we have to be a little bit patient.”
Rodgers had back in last year November described as Tierney as a ’great boy’ with a ‘winning mentality’.
He said: “Kieran was absolutely brilliant for me during my time at Celtic – a great boy who was just so committed to playing for Celtic.
“He gave everything in training and did it with a real winning mentality. Every time he played for Celtic he poured absolutely everything into the shirt.
“But not too dissimilar to myself, he felt that the next professional challenge lay elsewhere.”