Arsenal are in talks to sign left-back Aaron Hickey from Bologna. News from Italy emerged and reported that Arsenal agreed to a transfer fee and terms for him. However, David Ornstein of The Athletic responded by saying the situation was not that advanced.
The reports from Italy recently claimed that Arsenal agreed on a transfer fee with Bologna for the Scottish left-back. The claim was that Bologna sporting director Riccardo Bigon flew to London and agreed on a fee in the region of €20-25 million.
On the other hand, from the Arsenal side, various sources suggested that there’s nothing like that. David Ornstein reported for The Athletic that Aaron Hickey is not close to joining Arsenal, as things stand. Additionally, Sam Dean of The Telegraph, wrote, “reports in Italy of an agreed deal are wide of the mark.”
Of course, this doesn’t imply that neither Arsenal registered interest in Hickey, nor they aren’t planning a serious move for him. Both the reports also stated that the deal is on, but not close right now. Perhaps talk would speed up once the season officially ends and the summer transfer window opens.
How the deal for Aaron Hickey will go through?
Arsenal’s relationship with the Italian club Bologna is quite strong. They did business previously in the last summer transfer window for the Japanese right back, Takehiro Tomiyasu. If Hickey is a player that the Gunners fraternity wants, there will be not many obstacles in the way.
Football.london previously reported about Arsenal’s interest in bringing the Scottish full-back to The Emirates. They reported Mikel Arteta’s management is monitoring him ahead of the summer transfer window.
Hickey is ambidextrous and can play on either side of the centre-back pairing. The 19-year old also talked about the rumours regarding his future. But much can’t be figured out about where’s he heading. He said:
“I do see a lot of talk. It’s nice to know there’s interest from other clubs, it gives you some confidence. But you just keep your head down and focus on football.”
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