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Real Sociedad 'unlikely to sign Arsenal's Kieran Tierney on permanent deal'

Real Sociedad 'unlikely to sign Arsenal's Tierney on permanent deal'
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Real Sociedad are reportedly unlikely to pursue a permanent deal for Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney, who is currently on loan at the Basque side.

Real Sociedad are reportedly unlikely to sign Arsenal full-back Kieran Tierney on a permanent basis.

The Scotland international is currently in the final few months of a season-long loan deal with the Basque side after being allowed to leave the Emirates Stadium last summer.

Although Tierney had hoped to gain regular playing time with Real Sociedad, he has ultimately seen his loan spell hampered by a couple of hamstring issues.

Tierney missed nine games in the first half of the season due to injury, before he was forced to miss around a month earlier this year due to another muscle problem.

As a result of his fitness issues, the left-back has had to settle for 14 starts in 21 competitive appearances for Imanol Alguacil's side.

Kieran Tierney in action for Real Sociedad on September 17, 2023© Reuters

Tierney's loan agreement does not contain a purchase option, so both clubs would have to negotiate a transfer fee if the Scotsman were to remain in San Sebastian.

However, according to journalist Charles Watts, Real Sociedad are not expected to sign Tierney on a permanent deal in the summer transfer window.

The report claims that the La Liga club will struggle to match Arsenal's financial demands, and it is currently unclear whether they would want to sign Tierney even if they could agree a fee with the Gunners.

La Real are admirers of Tierney and have seemingly been impressed with his willingness to adapt to local life in Spain, but his recurring injury issues could deter them from considering a permanent transfer.

Arsenal's Kieran Tierney pictured in May 2023© Reuters

Arsenal's preference was to sell Tierney last summer, but with the Gunners unable to find a viable suitor, they opted to send him on loan to Real Sociedad.

The North London club had hoped the defender would prove his fitness and increase his market value ahead of the 2024-25 campaign.

However, Tierney's fitness struggles could make finding a new club difficult if Arsenal are to hold out for a considerable transfer fee.

As it stands, Tierney will return to the Emirates Stadium this summer, with his Arsenal contract set to run until June 2026.

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