Arsenal follow Tierney blueprint after tabling improved bid for Celtic ace
Arsenal aim to follow the blueprint of the deal that brought Kieran Tierney to The Emirates after launching a second bid for a Celtic hitman.
The Gunners made the perfect start to their Premier League campaign with a 3-0 victory over London rivals Fulham.
Several of Mikel Arteta’s new signings were handed their debuts, with Brazilian duo Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes impressing mightily.
Arsenal’s business in the market may not yet be complete, however, with a number of both arrivals and exits still speculated.
One such incoming could come in the forward ranks, with the club previously seeing a £15m bid rejected for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.
The Frenchman, 23, has lit up the SPL. His efforts saw him honoured with the SPFL Player of the Year award last season.
The Hoops understandably rejected Arsenal’s initial approach, but now a second bid has been made.
According to transfer expert Ian McGarry, Arsenal will aim to bring the marksman south of the border in a deal mirroring the payment structure of Kieran Tierney’s transfer.
“It’s our information that there is an interest from Arsenal in Odsonne Edouard, the France [youth] international striker currently at Celtic,” McGarry said on the Transfer Window podcast.
“It’s our information that the initial offer from Arsenal was £15m, which was rejected by Celtic.
“That offer has since been increased to £20m with add-ons up to the value of another £2.5m.
“However, the payment would be staged over four years. Something which of course we saw last season with the transfer of Kieran Tierney to the Emirates.
“Celtic would prefer to have a much bigger payment up front.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal, Leeds and Wolves are all keen on signing Dijon winger Mounir Chouiar for what would be a club-record sale for the French club, according to a report.
The France Under-21 international moved to Dijon from Lens last summer and impressed in his debut season. Indeed, he scored eight goals while laying on two others in 28 games.
L’Equipe (via Get French Football News) now claims that the Premier League trio all hold an interest in the 21-year-old.
While the clubs have yet to table a bid for Chouiar, the report says the interest from England is serious.
In fact, Dijon decided to leave the winger out of the squad for Sunday’s Ligue 1 tie against Brest. The French newspaper claims the omission is directly related to the speculation over his future.