Arsenal star wanted by Real Madrid in potential summer move

Date published: Friday 18th February 2022 11:22 - Dan Butterfield

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Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney is wanted by Spanish giants Real Madrid in a possible summer move, according to reports.

Scotland international Tierney has been touted a potential future captain at Arsenal and is contracted until 2026 after signing a new long term deal last year.


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However, as reported by Calciomercato (via Daily Star), Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is keen on a move for the defender and could look to test Arsenal’s resolve with a bid in the summer.

Italian boss Ancelotti is reportedly a big fan of Tierney, with some report suggesting he attempted to bring him to Napoli when he was still at Scottish side Celtic.

At the time, Ancelotti said: “He is a really good left-back but he is a Celtic player.

“We are looking for a lot of players for this coming season but he is a Celtic player and we have two good left-backs.

“But honestly I can say he is a really good player.”

Meanwhile, former Arsenal captain William Gallas has told Mikel Arteta it will be a ‘failure’ if they don’t succeed in qualifying for the Champions League this season.

“If they don’t finish top four, it’s a failure. It’s that simple,” Gallas told Metro.co.uk.

“When you play and manage a big club like Arsenal, your target is to finish top four. I know it’s not easy with so many clubs like City, Chelsea, United, Liverpool, Tottenham but that doesn’t matter – you have to finish in the top four at a minimum.

“You’ve got a strong squad with Arsenal, if Arteta doesn’t make top four, he’s failed.”

On the decision to strip Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the captaincy and allow him to leave for Barcelona, Gallas added: “If the club took that decision, they must have a reason to let Aubameyang go to Barcelona.

“They took that decision in the best interests of the squad. Something has clearly happened; we don’t know what happened between Aubameyang and Arteta and now everyone has to move on.

“It looks like Arsenal without him are doing well, their goal is to qualify for the Champions League. If they do that, everyone will say they made the right decision but if they don’t, they’ll say why did they let Aubameyang leave?

“Ultimately, we’ll only know at the end of the season.”

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