Reports: PL giants eye second in-form Celtic youngster, valuation set at £17m
By Russell Edge
Chelsea have entered the hunt to sign Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney with the Hoops placing a £17m valuation on the 19-year-old.
The Daily Mail report that the Blues will look to take the three-time-capped Scottish international to Stamford Bridge after impressing in what could prove to be a domestic treble winning season for Celtic.
The Daily Mail claim that Arsenal and Manchester United have also shown interest in acquiring the talented youngster.
Antonio Conte has previously shown interest in Hoops striker Moussa Dembele, with the Daily Mail reporting that they will also be looking to make a move for the French forward in the summer transfer window, despite being rebuffed in January.
So far this season Tierney has made 21 appearances for Celtic, scoring just a solitary goal in a 2-2 draw with Ross County.
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He has come through the youth ranks at Celtic Park, and is obviously highly rated by Brendan Rodgers, with a big asking price placed on the defender’s head.
Rodgers will be hoping that Tierney stays at Celtic for at least another season, though.
Football Insider verdict:
Kieran Tierney is obviously rated by Brendan Rodgers as one of the brightest youngsters to have come through the youth setup at Celtic, hence the huge asking price. However, that is unlikely to deter Chelsea, who will see that figure as a mere drop in the ocean of their massive budget. If Antonio Conte truly believes that Tierney has what it takes to succeed at Stamford Bridge, then the £17m value will be viewed as a worthwhile investment for the future. At 19-years-old, the full-back has a lot of developing to do, but under the right coach at the right club, he could flourish into a world-class defender.
In other Celtic news, a BBC pundit has had his say on the questions Brendan Rodgers will be asking himself.