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Spurs: Antonio Conte discovers Aaron Hickey’s asking price

Tottenham Hotspur have discovered the asking price for Antonio Conte’s reported summer transfer target, Aaron Hickey.

What’s the talk?

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According to Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli (via Viola News), Bologna will command a €20m (£16.75m) fee in order to part with the left-back this summer, with Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal all reported to be keeping a close eye on the Scotland international ahead of a potential summer swoop.

Conte can axe Reguilon with Hickey

Considering just how impressive Hickey has been in Italy this season, in addition to the fact that Sergio Reguilon has been heavily linked with a move away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at the end of the current campaign, it is not difficult to see why Conte would be interested in a move for the 19-year-old defender this summer.

Who would you rather at Spurs next season?

Hickey

Hickey

Reguilon

Reguilon

Indeed, despite his tender age, the £16.75m-rated full-back has highly impressed over his 33 Serie A appearances this term, scoring five goals, registering one assist and creating two big chances for his teammates, as well as completing an average of 81.5% of his passes, 0.92 dribbles and 13 defensive pressures per 90 minutes in the league.

These returns have seen the £16k-per-week prodigy come in for a considerable amount of praise, with the Spanish press dubbing the teenager a talent in the mould of a “young Gareth Bale,” while Austin MacPhee claimed that Hickey’s positional versatility could end up seeing him “being like [Sergio] Busquets.”

Meanwhile, for comparison, over Reguilon’s 25 Premier League outings this season, the £25m-rated left-back has scored two goals, provided three assists and created five big chances for his teammates, in addition to completing an average of 75.5% of his passes, 0.85 dribbles and 14 defensive pressures per 90 minutes in the top flight.

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A truly wasted talent...

As such, considering the fact that it has been reported that Real Madrid are planning to activate their £43m buy-back clause for the 25-year-old who John Wenham dubbed “average” earlier this season, it would seem highly advisable for Conte to allow the Spain international to move back to his motherland this summer, before reinvesting the funds received into a move for the much more promising Hickey.

AND in other news: Paratici can seal Conte’s dream deal as Spurs eye “aggressive” £49k-pw “elite presser”

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