Jose Mourinho interested in Celtic left-back this summer?

Kieran Tierney has been linked to Manchester United over the last few days with manager Jose Mourinho looking to strengthen his defence ahead of the new season. The Old Trafford club have already signed Victor Lindelof to strengthen the defence this summer, albeit in the central defensive area but one position needing reinforcement is at left-back. Last season Luke Shaw did not have the best campaign losing the trust from the manager, seeing himself criticised and then once given the chance and showing his abilities, injury struck once again seeing him on the sidelines throughout the summer and into the new season where he will miss the pre-season tour, despite suggestions he could travel with the team in a week’s time.

What is being reported and by who?

The Mirror started with the reports that Tierney, 20 could leave Celtic this summer in a £15 million deal. The Sun have also reported the prospective transfer, citing the information provided by The Mirror. To me, this makes such a deal suspicious as one newspaper is using the reports from another to form a story, which could cast away any chances of this being a realistic transfer story. Tierney has brushed off claims of a move this summer, seemingly interested in staying with the Scottish champions ahead of their new campaign. Tierney is highly regarded in Scotland and United, amongst other clubs sent scouts to watch the player against England last month. The fact that the left-back position seems to be a weak one at United could be the reason why Manchester United have been linked with Tierney, which may well be the only firm lead in this story. Tierney has four years left on his contract with Celtic wanting him to remain at the club for one more year.

What type of player is Kieran Tierney?

Tierney is a left-back and quite a talented one if you look at his performances for Celtic over the past season, and more importantly against England in the FIFA World Cup qualifier which resulted in a 2-2 draw last month. Celtic and manager Brendan Rodgers both seem keen to keep the 20-year-old at the club for at least another year. Tierney seems to have caught Jose Mourinho’s eye in Celtic’s 3-3 draw with Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League last season, a match in which the left-back was impressive, as were Celtic to achieve that result against City. Tierney could help strengthen United’s left-back ahead of the new season, which would take the pressure off Shaw, who is in a race to be fit for the start of the season – also giving United a rotation option, which will be needed in the position next season with United back in the Champions League and fighting for three domestic trophies, aiming to return to the helm of English football, challenging for the Premier League crown.

Likelihood of the transfer?

Right now I see this as speculation only. The player seems happy at Celtic, as do the club in wanting to keep him. United are said to be looking for a new left-back, which seems to link United to Tierney being that he plays in that position. United may be interested in the player, but with Celtic wanting him to remain at the club for a further year, at least, it would suggest that a deal would he hard to reach unless the player does actually want to leave the club this summer. His current contract will keep him at Celtic for four more years, so Celtic really do not have a reason to worry at this moment in time. United may have other targets, but I am sure if they want to make their interest known with a bid, it could lead to the player heading to Old Trafford or beyond, but I expect the player to remain a Celtic player next season.

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