Arsenal have confirmed their capture of Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney for a reported fee of £25m.
The Gunners have been pursuing a deal for Tierney all summer and previously had two bids rejected by Celtic. However, they got their man at the third attempt and arranged a medical on Thursday.
The Scotland international has signed a long-term contract, which will likely be for five years, at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal supporters will have to wait for a bit, though, to see Tierney in action as he’s currently recovering from a double hernia operation he had this summer. But Celtic boss Neil Lennon suggested on Wednesday he could return to training in a “week or two”.
Nonetheless, Arsenal have gone ahead with signing the 22-year-old and made him their new number three.
“I’m delighted to be here. Obviously, I’m injured now, but I’m just looking forward to getting back on the pitch, training and getting involved with the squad,” Tierney told Arsenal.com.
When asked about his injury, the Scot replied: “I had a double hernia operation in the summer.
“I’m just getting back fit now, I’m just getting back involved with a ball and back running. So hopefully it’s not going to be too long.”
Gunners boss Unai Emery said: “We’re delighted Kieran is joining us. He’s a very talented player who will continue to improve. He increases our options defensively and I look forward to him joining our group.”
Arsenal are also in talks to sign Chelsea centre-back David Luiz. Apparently, they struck an £8m deal to sign him on Thursday and had arranged a medical for the Brazilian.
This surprise development comes following captain Laurent Koscielny’s €5m departure for French side Bordeaux on Tuesday.