Former Celtic target Aaron Hickey ‘in AC Milan’s sights’ as ex-Hearts star continues to catch the eye in Italy

AC MILAN are hoping to sign Bologna star and former Hearts defender Aaron Hickey in January, according to reports in Italy.

The 19-year-old has become a fan favourite in northern Italy as he continues to impress manager Sinisa Mihajlovic with his fantastic breakthrough into the first-team this season.


Aaron Hickey, right, playing for Bologna against Cagliari at home

The player who Craig Levein touted as the ‘most two-footed player he has ever seen’ and was a Celtic target last summer might be getting a dream move to AC Milan.

Stefano Poli’s side is looking for left-back cover with Theo Hernandez struggling with injuries and current back-up, Ballo Toure not up to the required standard and set to be sent on loan.

They are looking towards former Hearts kid Hickey in January according to Italian outlet Calcio Dangolo and with Hernandez’ future up in air with Real Madrid interested, there could be a first-choice place on the cards for Hickey come the start of next season if he joins.

The report states: “Due to Covid-19, Theo Hernandez has missed three games against Porto, Bologna and Torino.

“It gave coach Stefano Pioli the opportunity to try the new signing from Monaco, Ballo Touré, on the left wing. 

“The Senegalese player, however, did not convince either the team or the fans, especially in the defeat against Porto where the defender found himself in difficulty several times. 

“Paolo Maldini and the Rossoneri management are thinking of sending him out on loan to play more consistently and gain confidence in his own means. 


“In the Rossoneri’s sights is Aaron Hickey, indicated by the Rossoneri entourage as an ideal alternative to the French international to preside over the left side lane.”

Hickey has netted twice in 11 Serie A games this year from defence and has been deployed on the left wing for the last few games with his club.

Last season he also played at right-back to help out when Bologna were struggling with players out.

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He has shown he is an extremely versatile player who can play at either side of full-back and in midfield too.

While left-back is the preferred option for Hickey at AC Milan it seems, if he does sign then it means he can be an option across the pitch for the second placed Serie A side.

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