Italian club Fiorentina are said be leading the way for ex-Hearts full-back Aaron Hickey as rumours of a bid from Celtic persist (La Nazione).

Hickey moved to Serie A with Bologna last summer and featured 12 times before injury, suspension and Covid-19 disrupted his season. Celtic have been strongly linked with a move and were said to have submitted a bid for the former Hearts player.

Bologna FC v FC Crotone - Serie A

Hickey is wanted back home with Celtic and abroad in Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Fiorentina are now ramping up their bid to try and sign Hickey ahead of Celtic. It has been claimed that transfer negotiations have ‘intensified’ between the Serie A pair over the last 24 hours. A bid of at least €5million (£4.3m) would be needed to even tempt Bologna into discussing the exit of their 19-year-old talent.

Fellow Bologna left-back Mitchell Dijks is wanted by Roma this summer and Hickey is viewed as an ideal replacement. But with Celtic and Fiorentina keen on the former Hearts star, he too could move on from Bologna. Hickey left Tynecastle for Italy last season after breaking into the team under Craig Levein, aged 16.

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