Celtic have been heavily linked with former Hearts and current Bologna left back Aaron Hickey. Hickey, who is a boyhood Celtic fan, has been extremely impressive in the Serie A and could slot perfectly into the Hoops’ backline. However, the rumoured £3.5m deal may not be as straightforward as first hoped because Italian giants Napoli have made their interest in the player known.
Former Napoli manager Gianni di Marzio still works for the club as a transfer consultant and, according to the Daily Record, he has urged his employers to sign Hickey.
Speaking about Bologna’s teenage sensation, di Marzio said: “Napoli need to make some serious changes to their team for the new season. They have to get rid of players and recruit well. I’m looking at someone like Aaron Hickey of Bologna – I see him as being a perfect fit for Napoli.
“Hickey is a very good, young player. He knows how to do both the defensive side of the game and he’s very dangerous in an attacking sense.
“Of course, it would depend on how much he is available for and how much Napoli wants to invest, but he has to be someone that would interest them.”
With one of the richest clubs in the game such as Napoli potentially entering the transfer battle, Celtic would be wise to swoop quickly if they still intend to complete a deal for Aaron Hickey.