Report: Arsenal now in pole position to sign 'terrific' top-flight player, he's open to the move as well
Arsenal are now in prime position to sign Bologna defender, Aaron Hickey, according to reports coming from Italy today.
Outlet 1000 Cuori Rossoblu claims the Gunners are now at the front of the queue to make a move for Hickey, who could command a £17m fee. Napoli are also said to be in the race to sign the Scot.
Hickey, 19, moved to Serie A after impressing for Hearts in Scotland. Since his move to Bologna, he’s impressed further, making just shy of 50 appearances for the Italian outfit.
Should Arsenal beat the competition to Hickey, then they’ll be seeing off the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham to the signing of the young defender. Hickey, who can play both left and right back, will be seen by Mikel Arteta as the ideal sort of signing for his project at Arsenal.
Branded as a ‘terrific’ player previously, Hickey has certainly lived up to the hype since moving to Italy. However, it’s now apparent that a move to the Premier League is the next step for the Scotland youngster. Arsenal also have relations with Bologna already, having snapped up Takehiro Tomiyasu during last summer.
TBR’s View: Hickey Could Be The Next Big Thing And Is Ideal For Arsenal
Scotland are producing a fair few good young players recently and Aaron Hickey seems to be one of the very best from north of the border.
Hickey has been excellent in Bologna and at just 19, he looks like a real talent in the making. The fact he has nearly 100 top flight appearances to his name already speaks volumes.
For Arsenal, Hickey fits and ticks so many boxes at the club. Arteta is keen on signing young players who he can really develop, and the Spaniard will fancy his chances of improving Hickey.
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