Arsenal are ramping up their interest in Celtic defender Kieran Tierney – and may offer some players on loan to lure them into a deal, according to The Scottish Sun.
The 22-year-old suffered some injury woes last term but remains one of the top young left backs in Europe, and the Gunners are expectedly keen.
Nacho Monreal is ageing now, and Sead Kolasinac has yet to actually show that he's the answer at left back, meaning Unai Emery is keen to land Tierney.
Celtic won't sell easily though, and it's understood that Gunners are thinking about offering Carl Jenkinson, Jordi Osei-Tutu, Emile Smith Rowe or Eddie Nketiah to Celtic on loan to entice them.
Jenkinson has been linked with Celtic of late and surely makes sense. Celtic urgently need right backs, and 27-year-old Jenkinson has the experience to come straight in and play after Mikael Lustig's exit.
Osei-Tutu would be another right back option, and the 20-year-old is desperate for first-team football, but taking him on loan for a year perhaps wouldn't help Celtic, as his best years would be ahead of him rather than this coming season.
Midfielder Smith Rowe, 18, has just returned from a loan spell at RB Leipzig and having missed out on David Turnbull, the young Englishman would be a fitting target.
Striker Nketiah needs football and could be the extra firepower Celtic need alongside Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths, but Celtic would be excused for not being too impressed.
Taking youngsters on loan isn't much of an incentive to sell a key player like Tierney, and the Gunners may need to think about offering a player permanently, though Smith Rowe and Nketiah are unlikely to be available in such a move.
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