Italian club open talks to sign ‘incredible’ £18m teenager just as Arsenal make contact

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BOLOGNA, ITALY – FEBRUARY 21: Aaron Hickey of Bologna FC looks on during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and Spezia Calcio at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara on February 21, 2022 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Bologna defender Aaron Hickey could now be on his way to Napoli despite links with Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and more.

This is according to the Scottish Daily Mail (30/04, last page) as they claim talks over a move to Napoli are underway.

It is suggested that Napoli have opened negotiations to sign Hickey in a whopping £18million deal this summer.

Bologna only paid around £1.5m to sign Hickey in 2020 but are now expected to make a huge profit.

The Scottish defender could now land a big shot at Napoli who are set to qualify for the Champions League.

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This move would be massive for Scottish football as a whole but certainly for Hickey, who was hailed as “incredible” by his former Hearts boss Daniel Stendel.

Premier League clubs could be gutted, with many reportedly keen to bring Hickey to the Premier League.

Reports from Italy have just suggested over the weekend that Arsenal have made contact to sign Hickey.

This report noted that Newcastle United and West Ham United have also asked about Hickey with the versatile full back in demand.

90 minutes reported in March that Liverpool, Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur were also keen to sign Hickey.

Now it looks like Napoli realized the huge interest in Hickey and tried to act quickly and keep him in Italy.

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Hickey, 19, has played left-back or right-back in Italy and has scored an impressive five defensive goals this season.

Arsenal could well be in the market for another right-back this summer and Hickey could replace Cedric Soares with his ability to play either side.

Liverpool are heavily linked with another Scottish right-back in Calvin Ramsay while Tottenham Hotspur don’t seem completely sold on Emerson Royal.

You can understand why all these clubs are looking to sign Hickey, but if they’re willing to pay £18m that’s another matter.

Napoli seem willing to meet that asking price and are currently leading the race to sign Hickey.

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