Aaron Hickey opens up on future plans amidst Tottenham Hotspur interest
The 19-year-old moved to Italy when he was only 17 and has been a regular feature in the Bologna backline since. He made 36 appearances in Serie A last season, scoring five goals and registering one assist.
The Scotsman is one of the best young full-backs in Serie A and continues to attract interest from the British homeland. Tottenham are just one of the teams in the fray.
Predominantly playing as a left-back, Hickey can also play on the right flank. This versatility will aid him well as he continues to develop his game.
However, great performances attract substantial interest from great clubs and in this case, Spurs have to fend off arch-rivals Arsenal, with the Gunners also very keen on adding the Scot to their ranks.
Tottenham however have the edge of Champions League football, which may eventually turn out to be the difference maker in this deal.
The versatile defender has two caps for his country, showing how highly he is thought of by national team boss Steve Clarke when you consider the competition for Scotland’s left-back position.
Should Hickey swap Serie A for the Premier League?
Hickey feels his game has developed a lot in Serie A, thanks to intensive coaching on defensive positioning and body shape under Siniša Mihajlović, himself an accomplished left-back for Serbia, Roma, Sampdoria, Lazio and Inter.
Hickey’s former club Hearts are also set to benefit from a potential transfer, having previously negotiated a 10% sell-on clause while selling him to Bologna. In light of so much speculation, Hickey has broken his silence and according to a report from football.london, he said,
“I just look at it and keep my head down. Wherever I am I just focus on what I’m doing.”
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It remains to be seen where Hickey heads to next but one thing’s for certain, it is not going to be cheap. Bologna have previously turned down a €10 million bid from another Premier League club, Brentford.
If Spurs want to land their man, they will have to write a cheque that will outstrip what Brentford and Arsenal are willing to fork out.