Hearts ace Aaron Hickey eyed by Italian giants AC Milan to replace €17m international - reports in Italy

The seven-time European Cup winners are tracking young, talented full-backs

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 7:34 am

Italian giants AC Milan are the latest of Europe's elite to show an interest in Hearts defender Aaron Hickey.

The Italians are on the lookout for a new left-back with Swiss international Ricardo Rodriguez, a €17million signing from Wolsfburg in 2017, set for a switch to Turkish side Fenerbache.

Trusted Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reports Hickey is one of two options the Rossoneri are looking at, the other being Wigan Athletic's Anthonee Robinson.

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Aaron Hickey is attracting interest from AC Milan. Picture: SNS

Milan, who sit a lowly tenth in Serie A, want a young full-back "to grow behind the others already in the squad", according to Di Marzio. French defender Theo Hernandez is the current left-back following his big-money move from Real Madrid in the summer.

Manchester City interest

Hickey is well liked by Manchester City who have developed a good relationship with Hearts having loaned Ryotaro Meshino to the club, as well as Ashley Smith-Brown in the past.

Talks between the clubs took place last month regarding the 17-year-old, with the Premier League side expressing their interest in the player but no agreement was made over a transfer.

Since making his debut at Aberdeen towards the end of last season, Hickey has developed into a key first-team player, his standing skyrocketing after an assured performance in the Scottish Cup final defeat to Celtic as a 16-year-old.

Hickey, who has started 24 of Hearts' 28 games this campaign, has been praised by new boss Daniel Stendel for his bravery and approach to games.