Manchester United’s pursuit of Celtic defender Kieran Tierney has hit a potential stumbling block as Bournemouth have entered the race for the 20-year-old’s signature, reports The Sun.
Despite United being the most attractive proposition, Bournemouth could offer Tierney regular first-team football next season, something the Red Devils realistically can’t which may sway his decision if he opts to leave Celtic this summer.
Jose Mourinho is shopping for a new left-back as a long-term replacement for Ashley Young, but the 32-year-old and Luke Shaw will be United’s two left-backs for next season as things stand. Tierney may only be used sparingly despite his quality.
The Scottish international was named PFA Young of the Year for a sensational season that saw him contribute 15 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions for the Hoops. He rose through the youth ranks to the first-team in 2016 and has been a regular in the defence ever since.
United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal have been linked with Tierney over the last 12 months, but first-team football could be the key factor in any decision to leave his boyhood club.
He’s already stated he has no desire to leave Celtic and is contracted until 2023, so Mourinho has a task on his hands to land his signature.