Arsenal pacy defender emerged as surprise transfer target for Seire A giants

By | January 20, 2021

Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney is a surprise transfer target for Napoli after the Italians missed out on the player last season, according to reports.

The north Londoners went head to head with the Serie A side in the summer of 2019.

But it was the Spanish manager Unai Emery who came out on top by signing the Scotland international from Celtic for £25 million.

Now, though, The Telegraph claim Napoli are plotting to go back in for him.

It is thought the club have made the 23-year-old Scot their long-term target as the solution at left-back.

A January move is unlikely, meaning Napoli hope to seal a short-term deal before a summer swoop.

Taking Chelsea star Emerson Palmieri on a six-month loan until the end of the campaign could be one option the Naples side consider.

However, it’d take a big bid to convince the Gunners to sell Tierney – especially with Sead Kolasinac’s career in the British capital seemingly over.

After an injury-hit first campaign, the Scot is now settled at the club and is a key player under Mikel Arteta.

He has missed just one Premier League match so far this season and his standout performances in the latest weeks coincide with the club’s upturn in form.

Tierney particularly shone in the 4-0 thumping of West Brom – netting a beauty and adding an assist at the Hawthorns.

That came after the rock-solid Kieran famously warmed up in the Midlands snowstorm then played in a short-sleeve t-shirt and just shorts, in spite of many of his team-mates wearing tights.