Celtic are now ‘moving’ to sign Scottish left-back Aaron Hickey from Bologna, according to Il Resto del Carlino, cited by Sports Witness.
The Lowdown: Scottish claims
The Scottish Sun shared a story on Monday, suggesting the Hoops were closing in on a £3.5m deal for Hickey.
The report claimed that talks with Hickey could open this week, with Ange Postecoglou stepping up his interest in the 19-year-old.
However, reports abroad don’t seem to be as confident of a deal being as far down the line.
The Latest: Italian report
According to Tuesday’s edition of local Bologna paper Il Resto del Carlino, cited by Sports Witness, both Celtic and Fiorentina ‘are moving’ to sign Hickey.
The Hoops value the defender at €4m (£3.4m), but Bologna have no intention to sell the Scot this summer.
Hickey, who is ranked 97th on CIES’ valuation list of big-5 league players born in the 2000s, the same list which includes Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka, is valued at double that by the Italian side.
The Verdict: The end for Bolingoli?
It appears as if the Hoops are on the hunt for left-back reinforcements, so that could possibly spell the end for forgotten man Boli Bolingoli.
He’s travelled with the Hoops on their pre-season trip to Wales, however, he has been linked with a move to Turkish side Altay SK, who want to make the 25-year-old their first high-profile signing of the summer.
It might make sense to keep hold of Bolingoli until a left-back arrives in Glasgow, but if the Hoops are successful in their pursuit of Hickey, parting ways with Bolingoli for good could prove to be a smart piece of business.
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