Carlo Ancelotti reacts when asked if Napoli will rival Arsenal for Kieran Tierney
Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti rules out the Serie A side competing with Arsenal for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney
Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out Napoli competing with Arsenal for the signing of Celtic defender Kieran Tierney this summer.
The Scotland international has emerged as a target for the Gunners as Unai Emery looks to bolster his squad ahead of the new Premier League season.
Arsenal are thought to have failed with a couple of bids for the 22-year-old as Celtic hold out for a fee of around £25m with the cash up front.
Serie A side Napoli were previously touted as a potential competitor for Tierney’s signature in the current transfer window.
But Napoli boss Ancelotti has now ruled out the Serie A side making an offer for Tierney this summer.
“Honestly, I’m not interesting in signing him,” Ancelotti is quoted as saying by Metro.
“He is a really good young 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.”
Arsenal manager Unai Emery is thought to be keen to bolster his full-back options ahead of the new Premier League season.
Spanish defender Hector Bellerin is still sidelined with an injury, while Switzerland veteran Stephan Lichtsteiner left the north London outfit on a free transfer.
Arsenal have already signed Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli, French centre-half William Saliba and Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos so far this summer.
The Gunners will be desperate to improve upon their fifth-placed finish last term and secure a return to the Champions League for the first time in three seasons.