Unai Emery was forced to intervene in Arsenal’s transfer pursuit of Kieran Tierney to insist the Gunners raise their bid, reports say.
Arsenal lodged an improved £25million offer for Tierney after their first bid of £15m was turned down by Celtic.
The Scottish champions have refused to budge on their asking price, as they seek a club record fee for Tierney.
The Daily Star claim a deal is edging closer after Emery intervened in talks.
Emery made a personal plea to Arsenals’s transfer chiefs, urging the club to raise their offer for Tierney and meet Celtic’s demands.
Though Arsenal have pledged to pay £25m, a lot of the fee would be paid in a number of instalments.
Celtic have rejected this proposal, but Arsenal remain confident they can reach a deal with the Scottish club.
Napoli are still interested in Tierney and are weighing up a move for the full-back.
While Arsenal are still the frontrunners to land Tierney, fans have been left frustrated with the slow progress in the transfer window.
Talks to sign Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba continue to drag on and efforts to buy Wilfried Zaha have been rebuffed by Crystal Palace.
Gabriel Martinelli is Arsenal’s only summer signing so far, but Emery is reportedly aiming to add five new faces to his squad.
Source: Metro Sport