Arsenal: Edu ‘wants to sign £17m-rated left-back Aaron Hickey from Bologna

According to sources in Italy, Arsenal technical director Edu Gaspar is interested in bringing Bologna left-back Aaron Hickey to the Emirates this summer.

The Gunners are reportedly seeking for a new left defender to replace Nuno Tavares, who has struggled to provide adequate backup for first-choice Kieran Tierney this season due to injury.

As Mikel Arteta attempts to enhance his options at left back this summer, Hickey, a Scottish international with two caps, might be in line to provide back-up for his international team-mate in north London.

According to Corriere de Bologna, Edu is considering a move for £17 million-rated Hickey from Bologna to replace the ‘disappointing’ Tavares at Arsenal.

According to the Italian outlet, contact between the two clubs over Hickey’s signing is ‘imminent.’

The 19-year-old joined the Serie A team from the Scottish side Hearts in 2020 and has made an immediate impact in Italy, scoring five goals and giving one assist in 34 games.

Arsenal were connected with the full-back two years ago before he moved to Bologna for £1.5 million.

Brentford, Newcastle, and AC Milan are all thought to be interested in signing him, with Tottenham manager Antonio Conte apparently a fan.

Hickey has previously stated that he would be interested in following in the footsteps of Tierney and Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson by demonstrating his talent on the Premier League stage.

‘I could want to challenge myself somewhere else and have a different experience, but who knows the future,’ he added in an interview with Sky Sports.

‘I notice a lot of discussions. It’s encouraging to know that other groups are interested; it provides you some assurance. But all you have to do is keep your head down and concentrate on football.’

Arsenal paid £7 million for Tavares last summer, but he has had a poor season, and he was responsible for Crystal Palace’s first two goals in the Gunners’ 3-0 defeat last month.

Mikel Arteta benched the Portuguese defender against Leeds last Saturday, preferring natural right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu as a safer alternative on the left.

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