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Man Utd, Arsenal & Liverpool interested in Aaron Hickey

Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool could compete to sign Brentford defender Aaron Hickey, as per Mirror.

Hickey signed for the west London outfit from Bologna in the summer of 2022 and he has made 33 appearances thus far.

The 21-year-old has the ability to play at right-back or left-back as he is strong on either foot, and this could be a prime reason behind the high-profile interest in him.

Mirror claim that United, Arsenal and Liverpool are in a three-way tussle for the services of Hickey, who has made a big impression since making his debut for the Bees.

Brentford are reluctant to part ways with Hickey with Ivan Toney likely to leave next year, and it is claimed that it would take a fee of over £50 million to test their resolve.

Where could Hickey move in future?

The Scotland international has predominantly played as a right-back for Brentford, but he operated from the left side of the backline during his time in Italy with Bologna.

This season, he has completed an impressive 91 per cent of his passes in the Premier League, winning 2.2 tackles and five duels per game. He has lost possession on less than 6 occasions.

His distribution and ball control puts him ahead of the likes of Diogo Dalot, Ben White and Trent Alexander Arnold, who are currently the right-backs options at the above-mentioned teams.

However, the big question is which club would want him the most. At Liverpool, Alexander-Arnold is a nailed-on starter when fit and available and his creativity in the final third sets him apart.

The same can be said for Andy Robertson at left-back for Jurgen Klopp’s side. Hickey has no chance of breaking into the starting line-up ahead of either player and could be stuck on the bench.

Similarly at United, right-backs Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have earned the manager’s trust from last season and any move for Hickey would depend on the latter heading for the exit door.

However, he could have a future at left-back at United, particularly with Luke Shaw’s injury woes. Tyrell Malacia, who is currently on the sidelines, has been pretty average with his performances.

Hickey could be a candidate to compete with Shaw for places in the left-back department in future.

When it comes to Arsenal, Oleksandr Zinchenko is unlikely to be displaced at left-back, but there is room for competition for Ben White on the opposite end. Hickey would be a fine signing.

White has caught the eye with his link-up play with Bukayo Saka, but he is not the best when it comes to tackling or winning duels when operating from the right side of the back four for Arsenal.

Jurrien Timber was probably signed by the Gunners for the same reason, but the Dutchman is currently out with a serious knee injury and may not return until the final months of the campaign.

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