'We'll try to sell': Director hints at letting 'amazing' £21m marauder join Arsenal this summer
Arsenal have been heavily linked with Bologna’s Aaron Hickey in recent months.
Early in May, 1000 Cuori Rossoblu claimed the Gunners were leading the race for the 20-year-old.
Weeks later, Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Arsenal were ‘pressing heavily with an offer of €25m (around £21m)’.
Hickey has impressed at Bologna and is now on the radar of several Premier League sides.
As well as Arsenal, the likes of Aston Villa and Newcastle are reportedly in pursuit of the marauding full-back.
And Brentford have apparently made an opening bid for Hickey too, according to Football Italia.
Now, it looks as though Bologna will be happy to part company with Hickey for the right price this summer.
The Scotland international’s contract expires next year.
If he doesn’t pen fresh terms, Bologna risk losing him for little to nothing next summer.
“One of those we could sacrifice”
Bologna director Marco Di Vaio told a press conference this week that he’s willing to let Hickey go.
However, he stressed that if he doesn’t receive “adequate offers”, he won’t be doing business.
“It could be, he is one of those we could sacrifice,” Football Italia quotes him as saying.
“But if we don’t receive adequate offers, he’ll likely stay for another year.
“We have a good potential to do well and earn more than 50 points.
“We must be good at financing new signings and finding new players.
“If we make the right moves, we’ll be able to replace them and keep all the others.”
Arsenal are reportedly looking for reinforcements at left-back for next season.
While Kieran Tierney is the undisputed first-choice in the position, his injury late last term hampered the Gunners.
Nuno Tavares struggled at times to fill in, so it looks as though Mikel Arteta is looking for another option.
And in Hickey, he’d be getting a top talent who has developed impressively at Bologna.
After giving Hickey his first senior call-up, Scotland boss Steve Clarke said: “If you look at the way Aaron has played for Bologna over the course of the season, he is one of the stand-out young players in European football.”
“His career has progressed”
Meanwhile, Steven Naismith described Hickey’s development as “amazing”.
He told the Scottish Daily Express: “Aaron is mature enough beyond his years and his move to Italy tells you that.
“He is happy to go and have that experience and wants to do well.
“I spoke to him a lot at the time when he was leaving Hearts because I know how hard it can be with so many different options and offers and so many different things that might happen.
“He had to make the right choice and I think he did, his career has progressed and progressed again.
“He is still very young and still got a lot to learn and develop as a player but he is a good footballer.”