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

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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.

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