Bologna official makes sale admission over Arsenal target Aaron Hickey

Vitaliy Mykolenko Aaron Hickey June 2022

Bologna have admitted that Arsenal and Brentford target Aaron Hickey looks likely to leave Italy if a suitable offer is lodged.

Arsenal have made the Scotland international a firm target this summer with Edu reportedly making an offer for the player.

The Gunners have supposedly made a bid worth £21m as they look to land the 19-year-old.

Just how that sits with Bologna remains unclear, but Brentford have also entered the running. And, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Brentford have now made an offer worth £9m for Hickey.

Not surprisingly the Italian outlet claim Bologna laughed off Brentford’s approach as they want at least £17m for the left-back.

Now Bologna sporting director Marco Di Vaio has admitted that Hickey could leave along with Mattias Svanberg.

“It could be, he is one of those we could sacrifice, but if we don’t receive adequate offers, he’ll likely stay for another year,” he said , via Football Italia.

Versatile Hickey

“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.”

Hickey has impressive after deciding to leave Hearts in September 2020. The Serie A side paid around £1.5m for the then 18-year-old in September 2020 and so are in line to make a big profit on the player.

He has gone on to make 48 appearances for Bologna, playing in a range of positions. And it’s that versatility which has attracted suitors from England.

While he is a predominantly a left-back, the teenager has played in left midfield, right midfield and at right-back.

The Scot scored five goals and provided one assist in Serie A and played in every league game he was available for last season.

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