Arsenal are interested in signing Bologna left back Aaron Hickey following his impressive performances in Serie A, football.
Hickey joined Bologna from Hearts in the summer of 2020 and made 11 Serie A appearances during his first season at the club.
Able to play at both left and right back, Hickey has won plaudits in Italy and abroad following his accomplished campaign at the club.
This season he has become a mainstay in defence making 33 league appearances, scoring five goals and recording an assist in the process.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta wants a versatile left side defender to bolster his defence this season, with Kieran Tierney currently on the sidelines after undergoing knee surgery and Takehiro Tomiyasu only recently back in action following his respective calf issues.
London understands that Cedric Soares is happy at Emirates Stadium which makes a summer departure unlikely, while Nuno Tavares‘ inconsistent form has seen his performances come under scrutiny.
Bologna are said to be asking for a fee in the region of €20 million for Hickey, whose contracts expires in the summer of 2024.
“When asked if he expects another busy summer in terms of player recruitment, Arteta said:”I am expecting so, yes.
I think both competitions require a much larger squad because the amount of games you play is much bigger in both, so I don’t think makes a lot of difference or changes a lot.
“If you can financially afford it and we don’t have to do the turnaround in the squad that we’ve had to do, if you ask me what I want it’s 22 outfield players and three goalkeepers.”
“You have to come a long way in the aspects that you see on the pitch, it’s a lot of things that have to be put in place, and that takes time.”