Gunners bid rejected, £23 million is too much! Emery sign departing Liverpool star instead for Arsenal
Arsenal have had a £15m bid for Kieran Tierney rejected by Celtic, but they should save some money and make a move for departing Liverpool star Alberto Moreno.
Despite spending over £70 million on new players last season, mostly on his back-line, Unai Emery is desperate to improve the defence at the end of the season after struggling to keep pace with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Spurs in the chase for a Premier League title.
And with Nacho Monreal coming towards the back-end of his top-level playing days, Emery has been eyeing up a number of replacements to fill the void long-term of the aging Spanish star with reports suggesting the Gunners are interested in a deal for Tierney.
Reports on the Daily Express understands the Gunners are keen for Tierney to replace Nacho Monreal, 33, at the Emirates, and Arsenal tried to agree a player-plus-cash deal, with Carl Jenkinson, Jordi Osei-Tutu, Emile Smith Rowe or Eddie Nketiah offered to the Scottish champions.
However, Celtic have reportedly told Arsenal they will have to splash £23 million to secure a deal for the talented Tierney, which could mean that Emery drops his interest all together.
And if they are put off by the asking price of Tierney, then the move he should make is that of Moreno.
Before his move to Anfield, Moreno was tipped as a player who could rival Jordi Alba as Spain’s first choice left-back, but things stagnated at Liverpool and he is leaving the club after failing to agree a new contract.
Monreal may not be having the best of times of it at Liverpool, but at the age of 26 he still has time to turn into the player that many expected.
He does have the quality and ability, but he needs a manager that will give him the regular game time he needs to develop, and with Liverpool having the impressive Andy Robertson, Moreno has found himself too much on the bench.
Emery does not have a lot of money to spend this summer, so £23 million on a player that has only impressed in the Scottish League is a big risk, but spending nothing on Moreno is a good risk to take.
They could offer him a short deal to sign up and if it does not work out, they could get a few million in the transfer market in the next window.
However, there are a number of clubs interested in taking Moreno away from the club and Arsenal will have to offer the Spaniard something special to stay in the Premier League, especially as reports suggested that he would prefer a move back to La Liga.
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