Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly keeping an eye on Celtic defender Kieran Tierney for a possible £15 million move.
According to a report by The Mirror, Jose Mourinho is keen on signing Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney and has been closely monitoring the 20-year-old in the hopes of securing a £15 million deal.
The Scotland international has been touted as one of the most promising young talents in Europe and United are believed to have sent scouts to take note of his performances. Considering his display against England earlier this month, the reports are likely to be positive.
Tierney has enjoyed stunning progress in the last couple of seasons as he won the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Season award last year and also starred in his Scotland debut last March. In fact, this year he has been a constant on manager Brendan Rodgers’ team-sheet when fit, getting a starting role ahead of Celtic hero Emilio Izaguirre.
However, it was his performance in the 3-3 Champions League draw with Manchester City that caught the eye. Tierney was truly a force to be reckoned with as he fought hard and resisted a strong attack like that of Pep Guardiola’s front line.
While United prepare to make a move for him, it is unlikely that Jose Mourinho will see him as an immediate first-team player.
Mourinho does need a new left-back since Luke Shaw’s Manchester United future seems rather uncertain and he will be aware of the fact that the club are seeking replacements. Although Shaw is understood to have begun training to get himself fit ahead of next season, it is likely that he might have to face a reduction in playing time.
The Portuguese boss has been pretty vocal about his doubts regarding the former Southampton ace last season and has also publicly criticized Shaw on several occasions for overplaying his injuries. Shaw played just 70 minutes of Premier League football since losing his place at the end of October, with only a couple of other cup appearances.
Since there are significant question marks over Luke Shaw’s future at the club, Mourinho is open to the option of bringing in a long-term solution to his left-back position for which Tierney seems like a strong candidate. Thus, a summer move could be in the offing.