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Arsenal and Manchester City set to lock horns over 19-year-old international starlet

Arsenal and Manchester City are reportedly keeping an eye on Celtic and Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney as they look set to battle it out for his signature.

The 19-year-old has impressed for the Scottish champions so far this season, as from an attacking perspective he’s registered an impressive seven assists in 16 appearances in all competitions.

Meanwhile, he produced a stand-out performance against City in their Champions League encounter last month, as he impressed throughout and was influential in his side’s second goal on the night, before they eventually earned a hard-fought 3-3 draw.

According to The Sun, that spurred Pep Guardiola into action as he has stepped up his interest in the left-back, while it’s claimed in the same report that Arsenal have been monitoring the youngster for around 18 months and could make their move at the end of the season.

It’s evident that both clubs will need to reinforce their respective squads in the left-back position sooner rather than later, with City seeing Gael Clichy’s contract expire next summer while Aleksandar Kolarov is still waiting for negotiations to start over a new deal, as noted by The Sun.

Further, Arsenal will need to find a long-term replacement to step in for Nacho Monreal who turns 31 next February, with Kieran Gibbs losing his place in the side to the Spaniard.

Whether it’s Tierney who fills the void for either club remains to be seen, but with 50 appearances for Celtic already under his belt at the age of 19, he’ll hope to continue to play regularly and develop his all-round game under Brendan Rodgers this season to ensure that he continues to improve.

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