According to CalcioNapoli24, Arsenal have agreed a deal to bring Aaron Hickey to the Premier League, a player that Newcastle were also targeting.
What’s the story?
Well, that’s big news for Arsenal, but Newcastle will not be happy.
Italian news media believe Riccardo Bigon – director of football in Bologna – flew to London earlier this week to hold talks with the Gunners.
Despite great interest from Napoli – as well as Newcastle – an agreement has been agreed between Arsenal and Bologna that could run a total of 25 million euros (21 million pounds).
Relations between Arsenal and Bologna are said to be strong after the two sides successfully negotiated a deal for Takehiro Tomiyasu back in August.
Now CalcioNapoli24 announces that the final details must be clarified before Hickey officially joins Mikel Arteta at the Emirates Stadium.
The 19-year-old must accept personal terms and also pass a doctor before his transfer to the Premier League is complete.
Hickey has so far this season impressively scored five goals in 34 Serie A games, which to say the least is an eye-catching return for a left-back.
Arsenal have turned Newcastle into a gem
With doubts about Kieran Tierney’s condition and also questioning Nuno Tavares, Arsenal need a new left-back.
In Hickey, Edu has identified a gem of a player who could even become as good as his national team colleague Andy Robertson.
Paolo Maldini – who is now the football director of AC Milan – has even liked the teenager, so he has obviously done something right in Italy.
For a sum of only 21 million pounds, Arsenal seem to have beaten gold during the negotiations with Bigon – this may turn out to be a total deal.
Now, those at the Emirates Stadium will be happy, but for Eddie Howe and the Magpies, they will definitely be full of disappointment.
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