Could AFC Bournemouth be set to equal the £20million paid to Chelsea for Nathan Ake, for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney?
The Scottish Sun has reported that “Bournemouth hope a lucrative deal will put them first in line for Tierney”.
That line reportedly includes both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur for the £20million rated 20-year-old defender.
The Scottish tabloid added that “the youngster is seen as a long-term investment, who could eventually move to one of the big clubs once he establishes himself down south”.
Tierney, who turns 21 in June, holds a five-year-contract with Scottish Premier League champions Celtic and has represented Scotland nine times.
His favoured position is left back, but can also play as a centre-half.
He has made 45 appearances this season, including 6 in the UEFA Champions League.
Tierney was recently named as the PFA Scotland Young Player Of The Year, an award he has won for the last three years, the first player to ever take that award on three consecutive occasions.
Can’t thank everyone who voted enough! Really appreciate it! ???????? https://t.co/5iF1btcdoY
— Kieran Tierney (@kierantierney1) April 29, 2018
For all Aberdeen’s laughter at the initial suggestion of Fraser moving, and subsequent anger when it actually happened – it’s been the absolute making of wee man.
We’ve seen how exposure to the Championship and Premier League has developed him from the quick lightweight but quickly tired winger he was. Now into a robust, tough to knock off the ball, versatile wide man who never stops running all game, scores goals, wins tackles and headers, none of which he did in his early years. And all now at Premier League level, compared to League One when he arrived. Now a proven PL regular and senior Scotland international.
Obviously, Tierney is a different kettle of fish, he’s already a Scottish international with Champions League experience and SPL titles at the biggest SPL club. But we’re a different kettle of fish as well. We’re in the top 30 wealthiest clubs in Europe and could pay better wages from Celtic. We can offer worldwide exposure for him and test him up against some of the best-attacking players the world can offer several times a season. And if Liverpool came knocking down the line, we would sell if the price was right. What more can Tierney achieve at Celtic?
No top 6 PL club is going to be buying players straight from Celtic to go into a PL first team, it’s too large a gulf and too great a risk for them. Of the remaining 14, we’re a small club, yes, but the question would be what matters more: Ground size, or starting 11 chances? – Join the conversation, click here.