ARSENAL are reportedly set to open talks with Bologna as they eye a summer flight to sign full-back Aaron Hickey.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the 19-year-old and club scouts are said to have been impressed by his scintillating performances this season.
Hickey, who can play at left or right back, has five goals and one assist in 34 Serie A games this season.
His stunning form saw him make his senior Scotland debut in March, with a number of clubs clearly keen to secure his services.
Newcastle have been touted as a possible destination following their £300million takeover backed by Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa are said to be keeping an eye on the defender before signing Lucas Digne in the winter transfer window.
But it’s the Gunners who are said to be leading the race as they attempt to raid Bologna again after signing Takehiro Tomiyasu last year.
According to Corriere de Bologna, Arsenal will soon be in talks with the Italian club over a possible replacement for Nuno Tavares.
Tavares joined Arsenal from Benfica last summer but has been plagued by inconsistent performances.
Bologna have been said to be open to selling Hickey, with the club ready to accept offers in the region of £17million.
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Napoli are also believed to be eyeing a move for Hickey but Arsenal are hoping to beat Luciano Spalletti’s side to his signature.
Hickey, who joined Bologna from Hearts in 2020, recently addressed speculation about his future.
He told Sky Sports: “Maybe I want to challenge myself somewhere else and have a different experience but who knows the future.
“I see a lot of talk. It’s nice to know that there’s interest from other clubs, it gives you some confidence.
“But you just keep your head down and focus on football.”
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