Arsenal handed boost as Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti rules out Kieran Tierney transfer

Arsenal have failed with two bids to sign Celtic star Kieran Tierney (Picture: Getty)

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti appears to have cleared the path for Arsenal to sign Kieran Tierney after ruling out a move for the Celtic left-back.

Reports claim the Gunners are confident of agreeing a deal for Tierney after a breakthrough in talks with the Bhoys despite failing with £15m and £25m bids for the 22-year-old.

It’s understood Celtic are holding out for an offer of at least £30m for the Scotland international.

Though Napoli have also been linked with Tierney in recent weeks, Ancelotti insists the club have no interest as they are satisfied with their current full-backs.

Asked about Napoli’s interest in Tierney, Ancelotti replied: ‘Honestly, I’m not interesting in signing him.

‘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 he is a Celtic player and we have two good left backs.

‘But honestly I can say he is a really good player.’

Ancelotti insists Napoli are ‘not interested’ in Tierney (Picture: Getty)

Napoli have also been heavily linked with Nicolas Pepe, 24, this summer, but Arsenal have reportedly won the race for the Lille forward.

Asked about the prospect of missing out on Pepe to Arsenal,Ancelotti replied: ‘I’m not disappointed.

‘I don’t like to talk about players of other teams. The market is so long.

‘We are looking. If there are opportunities, we can do it.’

Arsenal are expected to announce Nicolas Pepe’s arrival this coming week (Picture: Getty)

Unai Emery claims Arsenal are working on bringing in players ‘who will improve the squad’ before transfer deadline day.

‘The club is thinking on how we can improve,’ he said following Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Lyon at the Emirates Cup.

‘There are different players on the table. Pepe’s a very good player. We only want players who can really, really improve the squad.

‘We want the best players possible for the first game at Newcastle.’

Asked whether Arsenal require a new winger before the end of the transfer window, Emery replied: ‘Again, we really want players who make the squad better than last year.’

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