Newcastle United are reportedly exploring the option of signing Kieran Tierney on loan, with Arsenal open to the defender leaving this summer.
According to the Telegraph, the Toon are keen to bring in a top left-back before the closure of the window later this month, though FFP restrictions mean a loan signing is the safest bet for Newcastle to fulfill this vacancy.
As a result, Tierney is now being looked at by Newcastle as a potential loan signing, with the Scottish international not even named on Arsenal’s bench in this weekend’s Premier League opener against Nottingham Forest.
The fullback, who earns a reported £110,000-a-week, could be sold for a healthy profit this summer had a transfer offer from a Newcastle came in, but a loan move could now be more realistic for Tierney and Arsenal.
Indeed, the defender is desperate to play regular football again, and with Jurrien Timber starting Arsenal’s last two games in the left-back position, Tierney could be tempted by a loan move to Newcastle.
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However, Arsenal have so far this summer stood their ground over any deal to offload Tierney, with Mikel Arteta eager to cash in on the 26-year-old rather than loan him out for the season.
Arsenal have to be smart when dealing with Newcastle over Tierney
Arsenal are no strangers to getting bad deals for good players, something the Gunners are likely to experience again in the coming weeks before the window closes.
And the north London side can’t afford to get a bad deal from Tierney, who could easily fetch Arsenal £40m if Edu Gaspar can play his cards right in talks with Newcastle.
Loaning out Tierney should not be an option without some kind of permanent incentive, and Arsenal need to be smart when discussing the defender’s potential exit before the market shuts for the summer.