ARSENAL have reportedly agreed a £21 million transfer fee with Bologna to sign Aaron Hickey.
The 19-year-old left-back has been in stunning form for the Serie A side since his arrival in 2020.
Now that looks set to be rewarded with a big-money move to the Premier League.
However, he is just as comfortable operating down the right flank, making him an attractive option for the North London club.
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And now it seems that it is the Gunners that have won the race for the Scotland international’s signature.
That’s according to CalcioNapoli24.it, who state that a transfer fee of £21m has been agreed between the two clubs.
They claim that Bologna’s sporting director Riccardo Bigon allegedly flew to London recently for talks with the Gunners.
And those discussions led to an agreement being made for the player.
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Fellow Scot Kieran Tierney is currently Arteta’s No.1 left-back at Arsenal.
But his injury woes have forced the Gunners to rely heavily on the likes of fringe men Nuno Tavares and Cedric Soares in that position this term.
Now he hopes to solve that issue by bringing in Hickey once the window re-opens.
Hickey currently pockets around £7,8000-a-week at Bologna and would enjoy a decent pay rise with a switch to the Emirates.
After previously spending time in Celtic’s academy, he joined Heart of Midlothian in 2018 before his breakthrough campaign in the first-team led to his departure from Tynecastle.
Hickey rejected Bayern Munich’s advances in 2020 in order to make the move to Italy.
After winning caps at youth level, he made his senior international debut for Scotland on March 24 in a 1–1 draw with Poland and has two caps to his name.