Arsenal are ready to trump a £9million transfer offer from Brentford for Aaron Hickey with a sizeable bid of their own, according to a report.
The Gunners are looking to invest again this summer as they look to take the next step under manager Mikel Arteta. Serious investment last year brought Arsenal close to a top-four Premier League finish, but they stumbled at the final hurdle.
Nevertheless, the confirmation of Europa League football for next season has not affected Arsenal’s plans.
Transfer chief Edu reportedly forecasted for such circumstances and Bologna full-back Hickey is a firm target.
The Gunners have supposedly made a bid worth €25million (£21million) as they look to land the 19-year-old.
According to the latest from Gazzetta dello Sport, Brentford have now made an offer worth €11million (£9million) for Hickey.
However, Arsenal feel relaxed as they know they have already offered more for the Scotsman.
Indeed, the report adds that Bologna have laughed off Brentford’s approach as they want at least €20million (£17million) for their left-back.
Hickey has impressed after deciding to leave Hearts in September 2020. He has subsequently made 48 appearances for Bologna, playing in a range of positions.
While he is a left-back by trade, the teenager has played left midfield, right midfield and at right-back.
Such versatility on the flanks is one reason why Arsenal and others are chasing Hickey’s signature this summer.
He is also emerging on the international stage. Having made his Scotland debut in the March international break, Hickey played in Wednesday’s 3-1 World Cup play-off defeat to Ukraine.
Arsenal could do with Hickey
Arsenal have already enjoyed great success with Scottish left-backs.
The Gunners signed Kieran Tierney from Celtic. He has adapted brilliantly to the Premier League, cementing himself as Arsenal’s first-choice left-back.
And Hickey has shown confidence and initiative to move to Italy as a youngster and embed himself there.
However, he has not waited long to adapt to life in Serie A and missed only two league games for Bologna this season.
Such a promising early career has led to Arsenal’s interest and he has a lot of untapped potential which the Gunners could bring out.