Arsenal fighting to keep hold of Kieran Tierney with Real Madrid showing transfer interest 'as Ancelotti is huge fan'

REAL MADRID are reportedly lining up a summer swoop to bring Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney to the Bernabeu.

The 24-year-old only penned a new long-term deal at the Emirates until 2026 last year, but he could be set for a shock exit at the end of the season.

With Brazilian ace Marcelo set to become a free agent, Real are on the lookout for a replacement.

And according to Calciomercato, Los Blancos have added Tierney to their wish list.

They state that the LaLiga giants are now weighing up an offer for the Scotland international.

The Italian news outlet adds that Real boss Ancelotti is a huge fan of Tierney having failed to sign him in 2019 from Celtic.

Ancelotti had wanted the defender during his spell in charge of Napoli, but the player instead opted to link up with Arsenal in a £25million deal.

Speaking at the time, the ex-Chelsea gaffer heaped praise on Tierney's qualities.

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The Italian remarked: "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."

Arsenal and Real are known to have good relations with the two clubs involved in plenty of transfers in recent years.

German playmaker Mesut Ozil swapped Madrid for London in 2013 in a then-club-record £42.5million deal.

Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos then made the move to Arsenal in 2019 on an initial loan deal, with the player eventually remaining at the club until 2021.

He was joined by Martin Odegaard on loan last campaign with the Norwegian arriving during the winter transfer window.

And Arsenal turned his temporary spell into a permanent stay last summer in a deal rising to £34m.

It's not just Tierney that Real are claimed to be after from Arsenal, with French centre-back William Saliba said to be a possible target.

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