Football transfer rumours: Celtic's Kieran Tierney to Dortmund for £25m?

Today’s fluff believes the answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind, the answer is blowin’ in the wind

At least when it comes to football, Britain is not a complete shambles in the eyes of Europe. It’s not only talented young English players who are getting antennae twitching on the continent either. In Scotland, Kieran Tierney’s Celtic performances have been getting Borussia Dortmund scouts hot and bothered. The German club have been watching their loanee Jeremy Toljan week in, week out to monitor his development at right-back, but have found themselves becoming increasingly distracted by the stellar displays of the man on the other side of the Hoops’ defence. The 21-year-old left-back could persuade Dortmund’s beancounters to part with £25m in the summer, though Celtic fans’ favourite Brendan Rodgers would quite like Tierney to follow him in trading “immortality for mediocrity” by joining Leicester – and the Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, wouldn’t say no either.

If Tierney does pitch up at Dortmund, he may be able to move into Jadon Sancho’s city centre pad. Manchester United want the sparky young English forward to inject some electricity into their attacking play and would be willing to part with more than £80m for a player who Dortmund snaffled away from Manchester City for peanuts in 2017. It says here that Barcelona would love to offload Philippe Coutinho to United too, but his moping midfield displays haven’t got pulses racing at Old Trafford and Sancho, eight years his junior, is the on-trend option.

Won’t somebody just rescue Loris Karius? Having been criticised in the Turkish press since joining Besiktas last August, the Liverpool loanee is now reportedly considering taking legal action against the Turkish club for unpaid wages dating back four months. He’s also had an ear-bashing from the Besiktas boss, Senol Gunes. “Something is wrong with his electricity, motivation, enthusiasm for the game,” he roared. Now if The Mill didn’t receive our £1.50 per week pocket money, do you think we’d give our best? Just a thought.

West Ham, having had a £40m bid for Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gómez turned down in the January transfer window, could land the burly forward for a cheap-as-chips £22m in the summer. Celta have stunk La Liga out since January, taking only four points in their past 11 games and sinking into the relegation zone. If the club go down Gómez’s release clause will drop from €50m to €25m. The Hammers’ problem then would be fending off other potential vultures, namely Barcelona, who are weighing up bringing the Uruguayan in as an understudy to his compatriot Luis Suárez, who is not getting any younger you know.

The sad and inevitable break up of Ajax’s brilliant young team looks all but certain this summer. With their teenage captain, Matthijs de Ligt, looking increasingly likely to Johan Cruyff his way to Barcelona this summer – where his teammate Frenkie de Jong has already signed a deal – Nicolás Tagliafico is the latest player to be linked with a move away from Amsterdam. The Argentinian left-back has attracted interest from … wait for it … Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester United, Atlético Madrid and Arsenal. And guess what Gunners fans? Your club is apparently winning the race for his signature. And the price quoted is a very reasonable £18m.

And despite having been linked with a move to Real Madrid for the best part of a decade, it looks like Robert Lewandowski may well see out his career at Bayern Munich. The Polish striker, who has scored an eye-popping 29 goals in all competitions this season, is going to be asked by the club how many zeros he would like on the end of his weekly payslip as they prepare a bumper new contract for him.