Revealed: Chelsea turned down the chance to sign Arsenal 24-year-old defender

By | March 28, 2022

Chelsea icon Pat Nevin has revealed that the Blues ignored his advice to snap up Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney.

The Scot signed for the Gunners from Celtic for a sum of around £25 million in 2019 and he has proven a popular figure with fans for his full-blooded showings and the attacking thrust Tierney supplies from the left.

Kieran is in line to become the club captain next term following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s exit as skipper but the former Celts player has been linked with a transfer to Real Madrid.

At £25 million, the North London giants’ move for him looks a bargain in today’s transfer market and Pat admits he advised old club to make a move for his fellow countryman.

“I tried to get Chelsea to buy him four years ago but they didn’t listen and ended up signing Ben Chilwell from Leicester City for twice as much as Kieran would have cost them. He hasn’t peaked yet, which is quite frightening.

“When I first met him he was a confident boy but he’s subsequently gone beyond that to have this total and utter belief in himself and you can see it by the way he carries himself on the pitch: you just think: ‘He’s got it.’”