Celtic are plotting a second bid for Aaron Hickey in an attempt to bring the left-back to Parkhead this summer.
That’s according to a report by The Scottish Sun, who claim that, following Bologna FC 1909’s rejection of the Bhoys’ £3.5m offer for the 19-year-old, Ange Postecoglou’s is plotting a second bid for the Scotland U21 international.
The report goes on to state that Sinisa Mihajlovic would like to keep hold of the defender this summer, while AFC Fiorentina also reported to be keeping an eye on the situation of Hickey.
However, despite the Bologna manager’s reluctance, a report by Il Resto del Carlino (via 67 Hail Hail) claimed that the Serie A side would likely be tempted into parting with the player should they receive an offer of around €8m (£7m).
With it being claimed that Postecoglou is looking to purchase players in the summer transfer window who can operate in a number of positions, Hickey would very much appear to be a player the Greek manager would love.
Indeed, the £4.5m-rated youngster is an extremely versatile defender, having played at left, centre and right-back over his short professional footballing career thus far, as well as on the left and right-hand side of midfield.
The former Heart of Midlothian man also turned in impressive defensive metrics over his 11 Serie A appearances for Bologna last season, helping his side keep one clean sheet, as well as making an average of 1.4 interceptions, 1.1 tackles, 1.1 clearances and winning 3.5 duels per game.
As such, it is evident why Postecoglou is so eager to get a deal done for the man Austin MacPhee once compared to Sergio Busquets, as the 19-year-old seems to possess a considerable amount of potential, as well as already being a very solid option in defence.
However, with Mihajlovic so far holding firm on his position regarding Hickey, whether or not Celtic can get a deal over the line for the left-back this summer is very much up in the air at present.
It’s exactly why Dominic McKay should return with a second offer for the starlet this summer.