Celtic defender Kieran Tierney would prefer to join Manchester United over Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, according to reports.
With Danny Rose expected to leave White Hart Lane for Manchester City at the end of the season, Spurs have intensified their interest in Tierney, as per M.E.N. Sport. Pep Guardiola is expected to make big changes to his defence in the summer, and Rose is apparently one of his top targets.
Spurs are therefore, in the hunt for Kieran Tierney’s services, but the player himself is believed to be more interested in joining Manchester United instead.
Luke Shaw’s future at Old Trafford remains under doubt, as the Englishman, who has come under intense public criticism from manager Jose Mourinho, might leave in search for more game time. As his replacement, Tierney has been scouted extensively by the Red Devils.
The left-back has progressed extremely well with Celtic, and is believed to be a future star, even if not an immediate first-team material.
If the deal does come through, this will not be the first time Mourinho has negotiated a transfer with Brendan Rodgers, as back in his Chelsea days, the Portuguese finalised a loan deal for Victor Moses to Liverpool.
Tierney is believed to have been encouraged by the left-back crisis at the Mancunian club at present, as well as Sir Alex Ferguson’s reported endorsement of the 19-year old.
United’s left-backs continue to struggle to impress Mourinho. Daley Blind has lost the trust of his gaffer, and was withdrawn at half-time against Everton. Matteo Darmian has also found starts hard to come his way of late. Ashley Young is out of contract next year, and does not seem likely to be given a contract extension for one more year.
This might buy Shaw some time, despite the former Southampton man’s personal issues with Mourinho. Tierney, however, could utilise this crisis by trying his best to make it big at United quickly.
Tierney was voted the Young Player of the Year by his fellow professionals and the Scottish Football Writers’ Association last year. This also paved the way for his Scotland National Team debut, making football clubs sit up and take notice in the process.