Kieran Tierney’s time at Arsenal could be coming to an end. The 25-year-old started in Arsenal’s FA Cup defeat to Man City last night but could pick up a Premier League winners medal this season if the North London side remain at the top of the table.
According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano in the House of Champions podcast, Mikel Arteta’s side are said to be keen on Real Valladolid’s 18-year-old Ivan Fresneda.
Tierney and the club are seemingly open to moving the player on in the future. According to CBS Sports correspondent James Benge, this move could hasten that exit.
“There is this growing expectation at Arsenal right now that Kieran Tierney could move in the summer.
“I don’t think Arsenal would push him out the exit door but now he’s not a guaranteed starter. I think if the right offer came in, all parties are kind of thinking this is something that might happen, not guaranteed.
“In that case, what you could see is Fresneda coming in to play alongside Ben White as the two right-backs and then [Takehiro] Tomiyasu actually basically becomes the back-up left-back, it’s a role he’s played quite a bit for Arteta.
“It wouldn’t shock me if Arsenal were willing to do the same thing as Dortmund and loan Fresneda back. Tierney wins his Premier League medal maybe and moves on.”
The arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko has pushed Tierney down the pecking order at Arsenal. Even when the Ukrainian was unavailable, Tomiyasu was used as left back. This has limited Tierney’s opportunities this season and a cursory glance at Twitter last night saw him blamed for the cup exit.
Aston Villa have been linked with Tierney as the manager that signed him – Unai Emery – is now the manager at Villa Park. Celtic command a sell-on fee should Tierney move on after the £25m move in 2019. The defender made over 250 appearances for Celtic and the Scottish Champions will be alerted to developments in his future plans.