PL giants plotting two-player Celtic raid in £200m overhaul - report
By Harvey Byrne
Premier League giants Arsenal are plotting a raid on Celtic for duo Moussa Dembele and Kieran Tierney, according to a report.
The Mirror has claimed that Gunners chief Arsene Wenger is likely to be handed a mega £200million transfer kitty in the summer to allow the prestigious club to compete with the rest at the top of the Premier League.
The report also details that the north London side are planning an overhaul of their team with Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Olivier Giroud, Lucas Perez and David Ospina all likely to leave.
However, the report also names five players that Arsenal will target in the summer and Hoops stars Tierney and Dembele are included alongside Alexandre Lacazette, Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Pickford.
Tierney, 19, has been eyed by several of the top Premier League clubs after cementing himself into the Glasgow giants’ team at his young age.
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It is claimed that he could be the long-term replacement for the experienced Nacho Monreal in the Arsenal team, while Kieran Gibbs is also struggling to get into the first team.
Meanwhile, Dembele, 20, is rising to stardom after scoring a fine 32 gals in 47 appearances for Celtic in all competitions in his debut season.
It is stated that it would be a “huge surprise” if he remains in Scotland beyond this summer, but Arsenal will have large competition if they want to prise the Frenchman away from Glasgow.
Football Insider verdict:
Both Dembele and Tierney are the future at Celtic and if the Scottish giants want to continue progressing in Europe then they are surely must-keeps for the club. There’s a reason why the two youngsters are so highly sought after around Europe and that’s because they are already good enough for the elite leagues at their young ages and are only expected to get better. However, the Hoops now need to decide if the money they will receive for the pair is more important than results on the pitch, as it is unlikely they will find similar quality replacements.
In other Celtic transfer news, the Hoops are set to complete this forward transfer with Premier League giants.