Arsenal on the verge of signing 19-year-old Serie A defender

Arsenal have reportedly entered the race to secure services of Bologna full-back Aaron Hickey during the current summer transfer window.

The talented left-back has been a troublesome area for the North London giants in the 2021-22 campaign, with Kieran Tierney out for the rest of the campaign after surgery on a knee injury.

Nuno Tavares has also endured a hit-and-miss period during his first season as an Arsenal player, so a new left-back could be top priority for Mikel Arteta ahead of the new season.

According to Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli – via Viola News – the Gunners are the latest side to show an interest in Hickey, a former teammate of Takehiro Tomiyasu.

The 19-year-old has scored five goals and provided one assist in 32 Serie A appearances this season and also earned his first caps for the Scotland national team earlier last month.

However, a multitude of teams are also rumoured to be interested in Hickey, including AC Milan, Juventus, West Ham United, Napoli and Newcastle United with a serious bidding war potentially set to commence in the summer.

The former Hearts and Celtic starlet is contracted to Bologna until 2024 and would reportedly command a €20m (£16.7m) figure to depart from the club this summer.