Arsenal are on the verge of completing £21.5 million signing of impressive defender
It has been claimed that Arsenal are on the verge of completing a transfer deal to sign Bologna star Aaron Hickey
Hickey has been impressing so much in Italian football over the past few seasons that it has been no secret that Arsenal are ready to try and make a move in the transfer window
The Gunners have scouted the player – have been impressed and are reportedly ready to pay that £17 million that the Italian side reportedly desire to let him depart the club
Arsenal were reportedly interested in signing Hickey before he moved to Bologna for £1.5 million two years ago – but it is believed that they have kept an eye on the young man and are impressed by what they see.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Gunners are “pressing heavily” to sign Hickey with an offer of £21.25million – and It appears the offer will be enough to get the deal across the line as the Serie A side are now said to be expecting a “very likely farewell”.
Nigel Winterburn recently came out and urged his former club to try and sign the young man – he said: ‘It’s a signing that fits the bill at Arsenal which I’ve spoken about plenty of times, bringing in young players to develop them.
‘Right and left back is certainly a position that needs strengthening in depth, and you want players challenging the first-choice players. If form drops or there’s injuries, then you step in and keep your place until your own form drops.
‘You want that competition for places in your squad. I haven’t seen masses of him only a few snippets, but some of the reports I’ve been reading.
‘One of his old managers suggest he’s a bit like Philipp Lahm, so if he is then it would be a great addition to the squad.
‘He’s only 19 so it’s a young age, but he’s had a lot of experience already which is incredible. That fits exactly with the model Arsenal have taken through this season and it looks as if they’ll continue that model throughout next season as well.’
We do not know much about the lad – but he has been impressive in Italian football – and could be a solid addition to this Arsenal side