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Celtic set to announce Kieran Tierney replacement but Arsenal face Napoli competition for Scot

first_img Phil HaighWednesday 3 Jul 2019 9:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo is heading to Glasgow (Picture: SEPA.Media/Getty Images)‘As for Bolingoli-Mbombo, we are not too far away and he will be another good addition to the squad.‘He gives us competition at left back, he’s strong, athletic and good on the ball.’Sky Sports report that the Bolingoli-Mbombo deal is being done on the premise that Tierney is heading to Arsenal for a fee of around €25m (£22.4m).However, the Gunners are yet to make a bid of that size and if Napoli match or outstrip it, then they could miss out on one of their primary defensive targets.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFormer Celtic striker Chris Sutton suggested Arsenal’s first bid for Tierney was insulting and described it as ‘transfer marker murder’.‘Kieran Tierney should be insulted by Arsenal’s bids for him,’ Sutton wrote in the Daily Record. ‘Celtic and Scottish football should also be seeing disrespect in what the Gunners are offering.‘Yet again I’m having the same argument I’ve been having year-on-year since Virgil van Dijk was inexplicably allowed to leave Celtic for a fee of £13m in the summer of 2015.‘Nothing has changed. English clubs believed then they could get away with transfer market murder and they still do.’MORE: Arsenal make contact over Nabil Fekir move but may need to sell Mesut Ozil to sign the FrenchmanMORE: Arsenal enquire about Manchester United target Harry Maguire Comment Celtic set to announce Kieran Tierney replacement but Arsenal face Napoli competition for Scot Kieran Tierney looks certain to leave Celtic this summer (Picture: Getty Images)Celtic are close to announcing the signing of a new left-back, moving Kieran Tierney one step closer to a move away from Glasgow.A £3m deal to bring Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo in from Rapid Vienna is expected in the coming days, with Bhoys boss Neil Lennon describing the transfer as ‘not too far away.’This would appear to clear the way for Arsenal to follow up on their initial £15m bid for Kieran Tierney, but the Gunners will have competition from Napoli for his services.The Scottish Sun report that the Italian side are planning to significantly out-bid Arsenal for Tierney this week.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTLennon confirmed that the Scotland international would only be sold for a price the club has set, although he would not confirm that fee.‘We have a price for our player,’ said Lennon. ‘He’s on a long-term contract and we won’t sell him for anything less than we feel is the right price. In terms of where he is mentally, it’s got to be unsettling for him, it’s only natural.’ Advertisementlast_img

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