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Brendan Rodgers claims Arsenal wanted Kieran Tierney in 2016

EMIRATES STADIUM, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019

The Leicester boss has claimed Arsenal were interested in the player when he was still a teenager.

EMIRATES STADIUM, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019

Arsenal were interested in signing Kieran Tierney from Celtic three years ago, Brendan Rodgers has claimed to The Daily Record.

Tierney signed for the Gunners during the summer transfer window after protracted negotiations between the club and the Scottish champions.

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However, it seems that their interest in the left-back goes much further back, potentially years if Rodgers is to be believed.

The ex-Celtic manager had only just arrived at the Hoops in the summer of 2016 and claims the London outfit had eyes on signing the player for an eight-figure fee.

As quoted by The Daily Record, the Leicester man said: "The very first week I was there I was told that there was interest from Arsenal for around about 10 million quid.

“Peter Lawwell was very clear that this was an opportunity that was there for Kieran. But obviously we didn’t want the player to go and it was my job to try to convince him to stay.

“You have to be transparent with players in a situation like that so I just said, ‘Listen, we could have a great cycle here. I really want to develop you and make you a better player’."

 

£15m premium

Rodgers' comments are certainly an interesting insight into the strength of Arsenal's belief in Tierney. This revelation demonstrates that the left-back was no summer panic buy, simply for the sake of signing someone.

In the three years between Arsenal's apparent initial interest and his eventual signing, the 22-year-old emerged into a player capable of playing at Champions League level and winning multiple trebles with his boyhood heroes.

Kieran Tierney of Celtic with the League Trophy during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Heart of Midlothian FC at Celtic Park on May 19, 2019 in Glasgow,...

That progress did add a £15m premium on to the fee Arsenal wanted to pay in 2016, with the player eventually signing for a reported £25m (Sky Sports).

However, he may not have been quite ready to make a Gunners impact at that point. Right now, he certainly looks as if he can make an important contribution at the Emirates.

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