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“It’s not an easy step” – van Dijk tells Tierney

Arsenal transfer target, Kieran Tierney will have to raise his game if he seals his long-awaited move to the Emirates.

That is the verdict of the Celtic star’s former Parkhead team-mate Virgil van Dijk, who first move to England with Southampton in 2015 and now plays for Liverpool.

“It is not an easy step to make and you have to play well to do it,” Van Dijk said. “But Kieran has the qualities.

“He made his debut against Dundee when I was at Celtic. I scored a free-kick and then he came on and helped us get the win.”

Arsenal receives boosts to sign Tierney following Napoli not showing interest in the player.

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti revealed he is not interested in the player.

Arsenal receives boost in Tierney’s race

Arsenal are in pole position to sign Celtic defender, Kieran Tierney, after Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti revealed he is not interested in the player.

Tierney is expected to leave Celtic this summer amid interest from Arsenal and Napoli.

The left-back was viewed as the ideal defensive cover for Unai Emery’s side, who shipped 51 goals last season.

And it looks like they will get their man, after Ancelotti dismissed Napoli’s interest.

“Am I aware of Kieran Tierney? I know him and he is a really good young left-back, but he is a Celtic player.

“We are looking for a lot of players for this coming season but we have two good left-backs,” Ancelotti said.

This looks more like a good boost for the North London side to seal the deal of this star.

Arsenal gave up on Tierney’s signing

Arsenal have abandoned their chase of £25 million Celtic defender, Kieran Tierney.

The Gunners have decided to give up after their third bid was rejected by the Scottish champions.

It was revealed that Celtic demanded most of the transfer fee (£25m) up front, but the North London side negotiated otherwise.

Gunners, having £40m to spend this summer, have moved on to other targets.