Arsenal are now in prime position to sign Bologna defender, Aaron Hickey, according to reports…
THE LOWDOWN: ARSENAL LINKS
He’s also been rumoured to be of interest to West Midlands outfit Aston Villa with reports even suggesting that the club made a late winter window offer for the defender, which was rejected, and the Scot remained in Serie A beyond the deadline.
Villa’s failed bid was thought to be worth £8.3m with a 20% sell-on clause, and now it looks as if Arsenal are leading the race to secure his signature this summer.
THE LATEST: FRONT OF QUEUE
Outlet 1000 Cuori Rossoblu now claims the Gunners are now at the front of the queue to make a move for Hickey, who could command a £17m fee.
Italian giants Napoli are also said to be in the race to sign the highly-rated Scottish wonderkid.
THE VERDICT: WIN THE RACE
The 19-year-old, 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.
Considering the sheer amount of potential Hickey is quite clearly in possession of, Gunners supporters will be elated by the interest their club is showing in the youngster.
The two-time Scottish international defender would be something of a signing for the future, but he has nevertheless proven he is more than capable of doing a job at senior level already in his short career.
Indeed, in Serie A this season, Hickey has averaged a SofaScore rating of 6.86 across 34 appearances, registering five goals and a further assist from left-back this season, an impressive feat for a defender.
Also, the £13.50m-rated full-back has performed admirably in his defending for the Italian outfit averaging 0.8 interceptions, 1.3 tackles per game, and is only dribbled past 0.3 times per game. He’s also successfully completed 63% of his dribbles, won 58% of his total duels and 61% of his ground duels.
The former Hearts man has been performing to an impressive standard in the Italian top flight, suggesting that he has the potential to develop into a superb player in the future if he can continue to progress and hone his skills.
Therefore, the Gunners must make sure they win the race for his signature.