By Craig Kemp
Last Updated: 17th July 2019
Listening to the latest speculation, Manchester United are on the brink of confirming a deal for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
It’s believed that the deal will be in the region of £45m up front, which could rise to £55m depending on particular criteria being met. Wan-Bissaka is 1/9 to join Man Utd before 3rd September.
Although the Crystal Palace 21-year-old is blessed with copious amounts of potential and seems to fit the attacking system demanded at Old Trafford, his career so far is lacking in real accomplishments.
He’s yet to play 50 Premier League games, he’s made a handful of appearances for England under-21s, he’s yet to score and his trophy cabinet remains empty. All of this has earned a valuation of approximately £50m.
For half of this amount, the Red Devils could sign another full-back who has achieved much more than Wan-Bissaka despite being only a year older.
Kieran Tierney and why he should be on every big club’s radar
Tierney has made over 170 appearances in the Scottish Premiership so far at the age of 22, with his time at Celtic bringing four league titles, three Scottish Cups and a trio of Scottish League Cups.
He’s also made over 20 appearances in Europe, been young player of the year three times and is now in double figures for international caps for Scotland, despite playing in the same position as Liverpool’s Andy Robertson.
Arsenal have apparently already had a bid of £15m rejected, but seem confident that an improved offer of closer to £20m will be enough to get the deal over the line.
I’ve watched Kieran Tierney now maybe 50 times, for Celtic, for Scotland, in European competition. He is a brilliant left-back who would easily hold his own in the top half of the English Premier League. £15m for Tierney would be sheer theft.👇 https://t.co/uuEUGHty6i
— Graham Spiers (@GrahamSpiers) June 23, 2019
Man Utd are not exactly blessed with a plethora of options at left-back either and Tierney would seem an ideal recruit to challenge Luke Shaw for starts in this position.
Arsenal are 4/7 to sign Tierney by 3rd September, with Man Utd possibly overpriced at 20/1 in the same market. In terms of wages, the Gunners are reportedly willing to offer £70k a week, which is considerably more than he nets at Celtic.
Should Tottenham join the hunt for Tierney too?
By moving to either Arsenal or Manchester United, Tierney would be passing up the opportunity to play Champions League football this season. He wouldn’t have this problem at Tottenham.
Spurs have long been linked with Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon and newspaper reports indicate some confidence that Fulham will do business for £40m now that they’ve been relegated from the Premier League.
Like Wan-Bissaka, Sessegnon’s accomplishments are dwarfed when matched up against Tierney and again, the Scot is gettable for around half the price.
If a long-term successor for Danny Rose is being pursued, Tierney ticks a lot of boxes. It’s 16/1 that Tierney joins Tottenham before 3rd September.