Report: Manchester City join Celtic in race to sign Serie A star, scored four in 21-22
CalcioMercato claim that Manchester City and Burnley have joined Celtic in the race to sign Bologna and Scotland defender Aaron Hickey. The ex-Hearts star has been in sparkling form in Serie A of late.
Hickey, 19, joined Bologna in the summer of 2020 after coming through at Hearts and playing 34 times at senior level. He only managed 12 senior appearances for the Italian outfit in his first season at the club.
But this time around, he is in stunning form. Becoming first choice on the left, Hickey has played in all 20 of Bologna’s Serie A outings this season. In that time, he has netted an impressive four goals from the left flank.
It includes an effort in a 3-0 win over Lazio and most recently, a brilliant effort with his weaker right foot in a 3-0 victory over Sassuolo. His form has not gone unnoticed, back in British football.
Indeed, Celtic have been linked for some time – with the left-back spot under Ange Postecoglou still not sorted. However, Celtic now find they have competition from two Premier League sides – in Manchester City and Burnley.
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Hickey has established himself as first choice at Bologna, and is in fine form. With every game, his value is going up. So, Bologna, Celtic, Burnley or Manchester City – which is the Scotland star’s best form?
At Manchester City, Pep Guardiola does lack left-back options. Joao Cancelo has been playing there, despite being right-footed – Oleksandr Zinchenko the only recognised option. But is Hickey good enough for the league champions?
Probably not, not yet, anyway. Burnley have Charlie Taylor and he is perfect for the way Sean Dyche’s side play. It is a different story at Celtic – who need a left-back and Hickey would easily be first choice.
But Hickey’s best option is to simply, remain at Bologna and keep getting game time with the Italian side. The more he plays, the more he will convince, the more interest. Edinburgh News say Bologna value him at £8million.
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