Leicester City reporter Jordan Blackwell recently wrote an article that was published by LeicestershireLive in which he looked at left-backs that the Foxes ‘could target’ if Ben Chilwell departs from the King Power Stadium in this transfer window – and the journalist listed Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney as one of those players.
Chilwell has been linked with a move away from the East Midlands this summer, with the Express reporting that Chelsea had ‘made the breakthrough in talks’ for the 23-year-old last week. This article also claimed that the Blues are ‘optimistic they can conclude a £50million deal for the England international’.
In this recent article from LeicestershireLive, Blackwell shared that he believes Arsenal’s 23-year-old full-back Tierney could be targeted by the Foxes as a potential replacement for Chilwell should the defender leave Leicester this summer.
When discussing the possibility of Brendan Rodgers linking back up with the man who he previously managed at Celtic, the Foxes journalist said: ‘Here’s a man Rodgers knows very well. Kieran Tierney made his name under [the] City boss at Celtic, building his reputation as one of the best players Scotland had to offer.
‘That culminated in a move to Arsenal last summer, and so he would be pretty difficult to lure away from the Emirates Stadium after only just settling in north London.’
As the reporter explained, the fact that Tierney only made the move to Arsenal from Celtic last summer could make it unrealistic for Leicester to bring him to the King Power Stadium, however, Blackwell went on to say: ‘Rodgers remains a big fan and if an opportunity came to bring Tierney to the King Power, it may be something City consider.’
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According to Transfermarkt, only six players made more appearances than Tierney made under Rodgers at Celtic and with that in mind, it may not be a big surprise that Blackwell has claimed that the Northern Irish coach ‘remains a big fan’ of the left-back, and it may be understandable why his name was included on this list of potential Chilwell replacements.
However, if the Gunners don’t want to sell the Scotland international who they signed only last summer, then the fact that he is under contract with Arsenal until the end of June 2024 may make this a difficult deal for Leicester to pull off.