Italian Report: Bologna want £6.8m for Celtic target Aaron Hickey
Bologna want as much as €8million [£6.8m] for any deal involving Aaron Hickey to Celtic, according to Il Resto del Carlino [print edition, 06/07, page 68].
The Italian outlet believes that Celtic and Fiorentina are both moving to try and buy Hickey. It’s claimed that Celtic currently value the player at €4m [£3.4m]. However, Bologna rate the player at double that.
It’s stated that Bologna have no intention of selling Hickey this summer. However, reports in Scotland have claimed that the Hoops are confident of completing a £3.5m agreement this week [Scottish Sun].
Hickey produced an impressive first half of the season with the Serie A club after joining from Hearts last summer. He made 12 appearances before a shoulder injury curtailed his campaign [Transfermarkt].
Bologna only signed the left-back for £1.5m last year [BBC]. Therefore, they’re seemingly looking to bag a substantial £5.3m profit from any sale.
Bologna looking to be firm with Celtic; Aaron Hickey situation needs solved
Celtic shouldn’t even consider going anywhere near a £6.8m figure for Hickey. Simply put, he isn’t at that level yet to justify such a fee. Should the Hoops sign the youngster, they’ll quickly find out he has plenty of room for improvement.
Perhaps nothing sums our transfer policy up more than having Hickey on our books and then signing him in multi-million-pound deal years down the line. But Celtic surely won’t consider Bologna’s asking price.
Of course, this is likely just a starting point for the Italians. With Fiorentina also mentioned as being interested, Bologna are entitled to feel they can drum up a bit of a price for their left-back. There will be room for negotiation there.
Celtic simply need to find out where their ending point is. For what it’s worth, it doesn’t look as though the Italian club would be overly interested in halving their valuation.
It’ll be down to the Hoops to decide what they can afford or the maximum they plan to spend on their former prodigy.
But don’t expect them to go anywhere near this reported asking price. We have far too much work to do elsewhere in the squad.