Why Everton missed out on Kieran Tierney – despite Celtic ‘accepting’ transfer

EVERTON failed to sign Kieran Tierney last summer because the Celtic left-back didn’t push for the move.

That’s according to journalist Duncan Castles, who claims Celtic were willing to accept an offer from the Toffees that included performance-related bonuses.

Tierney has made 170 appearances for the Scottish champions since coming through their academy in 2015.

The 22-year-old’s consistent displays are said to have impressed Arsenal, who have reportedly seen a £15m bid rejected by Celtic.

And Castles fears the Gunners will face the same problem Everton did when pursuing Tierney.

“Celtic were asking for too much as far as Everton were concerned and Everton tried to structure a deal in which a lot of the payment would be bonus and performance related, like if they qualified for the Champions League etcetera etcetera. Celtic were prepared to accept that,” he said on The Transfer Window podcast.

“Tierney did not push for the move last summer and the deal didn’t go through.

“I think there’s the possibility that could happen again here [with Arsenal].

“It depends on Celtic’s side, it depends how much they’re prepared to come down.

“But everything I hear about Arsenal is they are very tight financially, that they were working on deals going in towards the end of the season in terms of players they wanted on the basis that they would be able to properly bid for them if they qualified for the Champions League and got the additional revenue that comes with being in the Champions League.

“Obviously they don’t have that money now, so the budget is tight – unless they manage to sell someone at a good price.”

Everton are set to suffer yet another transfer blow this summer.

After reportedly agreeing a £13m deal for River Plate midfielder Santiago Sosa, The Sun claim the player has not been granted a work permit to play in the UK.

It is believed that boss Marco Silva was eyeing the Argentina Under-20 international as a potential backup for Andre Gomes, who is set to complete a permanent switch from Barcelona imminently.

The Toffees have agreed a £22m fee with Barca for Gomes after his successful loan stint at Goodison Park in 2018/19, which saw him become a key player for Silva.

He will become their second signing of the summer after prising goalkeeper Jonas Lossl away from Huddersfield on a free transfer.