Newcastle United are eyeing a move to sign Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney in the summer transfer window, according to a report from The Telegraph.
Signing a new left-back is a priority for the Magpies next summer, and they have earmarked Tierney who has fallen out of favour following the arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Tierney joined the Gunners in 2019 from Celtic for a fee of £25 million, and he could cost in excess of £30 million if the Premier League leaders are willing to sell him.
Tierney has three years remaining on his current deal at Arsenal, and therefore the Gunners are expected to demand a high transfer fee for him if he leaves.
The 25-year-old is a class defender and he was a key player under Mikel Arteta in the early part of the rebuilding phase in north London. However, following the arrival of Zinchenko from Manchester City, Tierney has badly struggled to get regular games.
The Scotland international has made only four starts in the Premier League this season, and a further 13 appearances have come from the bench.
He has also made six starts in the Europa League, but clearly, he is not the first-choice under Arteta anymore. Eddie Howe is a long-term admirer of his talent, while the Magpies have the financial power to lure him to St James’ Park.
Tierney is a more traditional, overlapping full-back, but Zinchenko fits perfectly in Arsenal’s system under Arteta, where the full-back often drifts into midfield areas.
There won’t be any shortage of admirers if Tierney decides to leave in the summer. He’s a fantastic player but the Gunners can do without him.
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