Arsenal’s hopes of signing a strong left-back have been dealt a blow as Bologna full-back Aaron Hickey is set to join Brentford. The Gunners have reportedly targeted the Scot this summer but will have to find options elsewhere.
transfer specialist fabrice romano reported that Hickey was set to seal a move to Premier League club Brentford.
Arsenal signed Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna last summer and have been pleased with his performance and work rate. Mikel Arteta was planning to bolster his side’s depth at the expense of the Serie A club once again by signing his left-back (via soccer london).
However, Brentford won the race for his signature, according to Romano. Thomas Frank’s side are set to pay £14m plus some add-ons to acquire the Scottish player’s services on a five-year deal. Hickey, 20, is due for his medical next week.
Arsenal were expecting to sign the Bologna man to offer their first-choice left-back Kieran Tierney some tough competition. The Scotland international has been the Gunners’ first-choice left-back since signing for the club from Celtic in 2019. However, his absence due to frequent injuries has proven costly at times.
Last season, the Gunners signed Nuno Tavares from Benfica to cover Tierney. However, he failed to prove his credentials as a solid substitute, making mistakes in defense and at times leaving the backline too vulnerable.
Arsenal could lose to another defensive target
While the Gunners have reportedly missed out on signing Hickey, they remain in the hunt for versatile Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez. The Argentine can play both as a centre-back and a left-back and would be a priority signing for Mikel Arteta. However, Arsenal risk losing Martinez to Manchester United.
fabrice romano reported that the 24-year-old’s relationship with his former manager Erik ten Hag could prove pivotal in this saga. He also indicated that the official offer from the Old Trafford side to the Dutch club was better than what the Gunners had offered.
The Argentine remains keen on a move to the Premier League and it’s likely we’ll see him play for one of these two English giants next season.
Where does Haaland rank in Paul Merson’s top 5 Premier League transfers so far? Click here