Manchester City had been linked with Hearts defender Aaron Hickey during the summer, and they are ready to pursue the player again.
The Citizens have been tracking the Scottish U17 international’s progress in the SPFL, taking note of the youngster’s impressive footballing maturity.
Hickey, who already has 15 senior appearances for Hearts under his belt, has really caught City’s attention – with reports suggesting the club is ready to swoop in with a £1.5m bid – at least according to the Daily Mail via Sports Mole.
The 17-year-old made his debut for the Jambos in their 2-1 loss away to Aberdeen in May, starting the Scottish Cup final defeat to Celtic just two weeks later.
As well as City, Rangers are also in hot pursuit of the teenager, who has been praised for his versatility by manager Craig Levein.
“The thing about him is that he can play left-back and right-back and you wouldn’t know if he’s left-footed or right-footed,” explained the Hearts boss (via the Sun).
“I’ve never seen a player as comfortable on both sides, which in the full-back position makes him valuable because he can play both.
“We can play Michael Smith at left-back but he loses something. I’ve never seen a player like Aaron who can go to one or the other and it doesn’t faze him in the slightest.
“He is genuinely the most two-footed [player] I’ve ever seen. When he came in, the coaches didn’t even know – some of them thought he was right-footed, some thought he was left-footed.”
Indeed, the future looks bright for the defender, with a host of clubs currently tracking his progress, however, if City were to win the race for his signature, they could send him back out on loan for a full season in order to continue his development.
He is still, of course, just 17, while Pep Guardiola currently has the likes of Oleksandr Zinchenko and Benjamin Mendy for that left-back position.
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