Report: ‘Domino effect’ could lead £24m Arsenal defender to one of two Serie A giants

Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney warming up Credit: Alamy
Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney warming up Credit: Alamy

Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney could be off to Italy should the Gunners complete the signing of Real Valladolid right-back Ivan Fresneda, according to reports in Italy.

Tierney joined the Gunners from Celtic for close to £24million in 2019.

The Scottish left-back has been incredibly consistent whenever he has played, with several injuries hindering his time in England.

Although Tierney has played 24 matches across all competitions this term, his game time has been vastly reduced by the summer signing of Oleksandr Zinchenko.

The Ukrainian has slotted in at left-back and has instantly become a huge part of how Mikel Arteta’s side play.

While Tierney has barely put a foot wrong in an Arsenal shirt, you can see that they are a better team with Zinchenko on the pitch.

The former Celtic youngster has been a mainstay in the Gunners side in the Europa League, but has been limited to four Premier League starts this season.

Zinchenko has struggled with a few injuries himself, giving Tierney the chance to play, but whenever the ex-Manchester City left-back has been fit, Arteta has preferred to start him.

While he has not been strongly linked with an exit, it would be understandable if Tierney is considering his options.

According to Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb, the 25-year-old could make a sensational move to Italy.

The Gunners have been linked with Vallodolid’s teenage defender Fresneda, whose arrival could impact Tierney’s future, the report states, despite the fact he plays on the opposite side of defence.

Fresneda has been expected to sign for a new club this month with Borussia Dortmund also keen, however, he remains a Vallodolid player at the time of writing.

Should the 18-year-old move to the Emirates, there will be a ‘domino effect’, which will see Tierney become available.

Serie A giants Juventus and Inter Milan are said to be keeping an eye on his situation.

They are ‘ready to contend’ for the left-back’s signature, though it is mentioned that Juventus’ pursuit relies heavily on ‘what happens in court’ after they were deducted 15 points over previous transfer dealings.

CBS Sports correspondent James Benge recently said he would not be surprised to see Tierney “move on” in the summer transfer window.

“There is this growing expectation at Arsenal right now that Kieran Tierney could move in the summer,” he said.

“I don’t think Arsenal would push him out the exit door but now he’s not a guaranteed starter. I think if the right offer came in, all parties are kind of thinking this is something that might happen, not guaranteed.”

Tierney started Friday’s FA Cup defeat to Manchester City, coming off for Zinchenko in the 66th minute.

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