Arsenal: Edu ‘wants to sign £17m-rated left-back Aaron Hickey from Bologna’ to replace Nuno Tavares

Arsenal technical director Edu ‘wants to sign £17m-rated left back Aaron Hickey from Bologna’ to replace ‘disappointing’ Nuno Tavares this summer as talks with the Serie A side are ‘imminent’

Arsenal technical director Edu Gaspar is keen on bringing Bologna left back Aaron Hickey to the Emirates this summer, according to reports in Italy.

The Gunners are said to be looking for a new left back to replace Nuno Tavares, who has struggled to provide efficient cover for first choice Kieran Tierney, who has been struggling with injuries this season. 

Scottish international Hickey, who already boasts two caps, could be set to provide back-up for his international team-mate in north London as Mikel Arteta looks to strengthen his options at left back this summer. 

Arsenal technical director Edu Gaspar wants to sign Bologna left back Aaron Hickey (above)

The Gunners are said to be looking to replace 'disappointing' Nuno Tavares (left) this summer

The Gunners are said to be looking to replace ‘disappointing’ Nuno Tavares (left) this summer

Edu is eyeing up a move for the £17million-rated Hickey from Bologna to replace the ‘disappointing’ Tavares at Arsenal, according to Corriere de Bologna. 

The Italian publication claims that contact between the two clubs over the signing of Hickey is ‘imminent’.  

The 19-year-old joined the Serie A side in 2020 from Scottish side Hearts and has swiftly impressed in Italy, netting five times and providing one assist in 34 appearances this season. 

The Gunners were previously linked to the full back two years ago before he made the move to Bologna for £1.5m. 

Edu (above) is reportedly keen on bringing in Hickey to replace Tavares at the Emirates

Edu (above) is reportedly keen on bringing in Hickey to replace Tavares at the Emirates

However, the north London side are set to face competition for his signature with Brentford, Newcastle and AC Milan also reportedly interested in the youngster, with Tottenham boss Antonio Conte also said to be an admirer. 

Hickey has previously hinted that he would be open to following in the footsteps of fellow Scots Tierney and Liverpool star Andrew Robertson by showcasing his talent on the Premier League stage. 

In an interview with Sky Sports, he said: ‘I might want to challenge myself somewhere else and have a different experience, but who knows the future.

The Scot has previously hinted he would be open to a challenge in the Premier League

The Scot has previously hinted he would be open to a challenge in the Premier League

‘I do see a lot of talk. It’s nice to know there’s interest from other clubs, it gives you some confidence. But you just keep your head down and focus on football.’ 

Arsenal spent £7m on Tavares just last summer but he has endured some woeful performances this season and was at fault for Crystal Palace’s first two goals in the Gunnners’ 3-0 defeat last month. 

The Portuguese defender was dropped to the bench against Leeds last weekend with Mikel Arteta favouring natural right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu as a safer option on the left.  

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