Exploding a couple of weeks ago, the stories about Arsenal’s interest in Aaron Hickey then went a bit quiet.
Why that was exactly wasn’t said, but rest assured fans of the Gunners, your club hasn’t forgotten about the left-back, who is currently contracted to Bologna.
Corriere dello Sport over the weekend had an article on the Scotland international, with it claimed that another Premier League club had come forward with an £18m bid for his services.
That was Brentford, but it was deemed to low, and was swiftly rejected by the Serie A side, allowing an opening for Arsenal.
The article mention Mikel Arteta’s side, pointing out that by turning down the English money, Bologna are intent on using the same strategy ‘that the club used with Takehiro Tomiyasu’.
Arsenal fans will be familiar with that one, as the Italians waited until rather late in the transfer window to accept an offer from the Gunners, which served to help them mull over the price and ‘raise it up to the desired figure’.
When it comes to Hickey, a similar fee is expected, and Bologna ‘want at least €20-22m + bonuses’, although ‘no one seems to have reached that figure’ to date.
That being said, Arsenal ‘are working to manage the negotiation and as early as next week, there could be small steps forward between Bologna and the Gunners’.
That’s good news, and it’s expected to be a ‘very hot summer’ for Hickey, with a lot of interest pointed his way.