Arsenal weigh up Kieran Tierney future as Newcastle prepare £40m bid: report

Kieran Tierney of Arsenal celebrates after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 26, 2021 in London, England
(Image credit: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Kieran Tierney’s future at Arsenal is up in the air and Newcastle United are considering a £40 million bid for the Scotland international, according to reports.

The left-back has struggled for game time at the Emirates this season following the arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City last summer.

According to CBS reporter Ben Jacobs (opens in new tab), Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is undecided about the Scot’s future and a departure isn’t to be taken for granted.

Oleksandr Zinchenko in action against former club Manchester City in the FA Cup in January 2023.

Zinchenko has been keeping Tierney out of the Arsenal side (Image credit: Getty Images)

However, Tierney might not be content with fighting for a starting spot as a squad player and could look elsewhere for more regular game time come the summer transfer window.

Arsenal will want to bring in more than the £25m they paid Celtic for the defender four years ago, and would start negotiations at £35-40m.

Newcastle are interested as they need to strengthen at left-back, while Monaco are also monitoring the situation, but rumours of a swap deal with Juventus for Manuel Locatelli are wide of the mark.

Tierney has a deal to June 2026 with Arsenal and is valued at €30m (£26m) by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab).

The 35-time Scotland international has made 27 appearances in all competitions for Arteta’s side this season, but hasn’t started a Premier League match since Boxing Day.

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The rumour mill is going into overdrive with Arsenal leading the way in the race to sign Declan Rice. One source claims a contract has been agreed with the midfielder, though Manchester City are interested, too. West Ham apparently have a successor lined up.

In other rumours, Raheem Sterling is being targeted, with a centre-forward on the wishlist, according to reports. A bid for Raphinha has been revealed while Rasmus Holjund of Atalanta is on the radar, too. January target Ivan Fresneda is still wanted by the Gunners, as well. 

Meanwhile, Chelsea star Mykhaylo Mudryk – who turned down Arsenal in the winter window – has addressed his supposed unhappiness at Stamford Bridge

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.