Celtic have asked Hearts to be kept informed of any incoming bids for left-back prospect Aaron Hickey as more clubs begin to show interest in the teenager, BBC Scotland reports.
The outlet believes that a number of teams from Europe’s big leagues are now keen on the Scottish youth international, including Bayern Munich, Aston Villa and Bologna.
It’s said the Serie A side would be willing to meet Hearts’ asking price of £1.5m, with Hickey having less than a year left on his current contract.
Celtic, who had the left-back on the books at a younger age, are now looking to be updated on his potential exit, apparently also interested in putting together an offer.
Hickey is still just 18 but has made quite an impact at the relegated Tynecastle club, making 34 appearances already (Transfermarkt).
Although clearly still a player who is a work in progress, bringing him to Celtic for a low seven-figure fee when massive clubs are also in the hunt for him could prove to be an absolute bargain.
Neil Lennon already has Greg Taylor and Boli Bolingoli on the books so there isn’t an urgent need for a left-back.
Taylor really impressed in our opening Scottish Premiership fixture yesterday, creating two assists for Odsonne Edouard and Jeremie Frimpong.
However, Bolingoli has really struggled to make progress as time’s gone on, meaning Hickey could well end up providing a bit of quality competition for Taylor while he learns his trade further.
It’s quite important in my mind that Celtic don’t let the best and brightest talents in the country leave for bigger leagues.
The Bhoys should be the prime destination to develop the best Scottish prospects, so it would be nice to see a move for Hickey come to fruition.