Aston Villa attempted to sign Aaron Hickey from Bologna during the summer transfer window, according to Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness).
Hickey joined Bologna from Scottish Premiership side Hearts in September 2020 for a fee of £1.5million.
The Serie A outfit beat off competition from German giants Bayern Munich to secure the left-back’s signature.
Hickey has started all seven of Bologna’s Serie A matches so far this season, scoring twice (via WhoScored).
Villa manager Dean Smith currently has Matt Targett and the versatile veteran Ashley Young available in the left-back position.
The report states that, in the summer, Glasgow rivals Celtic and Rangers ‘looked for’ 19-year-old Hickey.
But ‘Aston Villa also came forward’, only to find that Bologna viewed him as ‘absolutely not transferable’.
Having made a strong start to the campaign, you’d expect Hickey to take the next step in the next year or two.
He could have joined Bayern, but they planned to place him in their second team in the 3. Liga, and in choosing Bologna he prioritised first-team football in one of the top-five leagues.
But he’ll soon outgrow the mid-table outfit and be ready to turn out for a bigger club, no doubt generating a healthy profit for Bologna.
He’s a player who, unlike Young, could compete with and perhaps eventually surpass Targett over the long-term, so this is certainly one to keep an eye on down the line.
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