Arsenal face Newcastle and Brentford competition for Bologna starlet Hickey

A bidding war is breaking out for Bologna left-back Aaron Hickey, as Arsenal seemed close to a deal, but face competition from Newcastle United and Brentford.

Milan and Napoli had shown interest in the Scotland international, but won’t be able to compete with the salaries on offer in the Premier League.

It would also be an opportunity for Hickey to move closer to home after two years in Italy.

Hickey turns 20 in June and was signed from Hearts in the summer of 2020 for €1.7m.

This has been his best season so far with five goals and an assist in 35 Serie A appearances.

There had been reports over the last few days in Italy that Arsenal had already done a deal worth €20-25m including bonuses.

However, Mail Sport now maintain that a bidding war has erupted with Newcastle United and Brentford joining in to threaten Arsenal’s hold on Hickey.

He had been close to Bayern Munich in 2019, but wanted a move where he would be guaranteed regular playing time to aid his development, which was certainly provided by Bologna.

Genoa vs. Bologna Predictions & Betting Tips

The final weekend of the Serie A season features a string of dead rubbers and these Genoa vs. Bologna predictions fall into that category. Genoa’s relegation to Serie B has already been confirmed, whereas Bologna are safe in mid-table.

Genoa vs. Bologna odds

1 – Genoa to win – 6/4

2 – Under 2.5 total goals – 11/10

3 – Genoa under 2.5 total goals – 1/5

4 – BTTS – No – 6/4

5 – Genoa to win 1-0 – 9/1

Genoa wrap up their stay in Serie A with a home tie against Bologna this weekend, after seeing their relegation already sealed. Their head-to-head record against 17th-placed Salernitana makes a final day rescue act impossible, as Davide Nicola’s side battle with Cagliari to avoid the drop.

However, despite having nothing being on the line on the final day, Genoa head into the game in relatively strong form, after successive home wins against Cagliari and Juventus in recent weeks. That gives them an edge over visitors Bologna, who have managed just one win in their last six league outings, and no away wins in 2022.

The lack of pressure should benefit Genoa and their better form tips the balance in favour of signing off from 2021-22 with a victory in front of their home fans. But with both sides not exactly setting the world alight in 2022, goals have been an issue, with Genoa netting three goals in their last five games and Bologna finding the back of the net seven times in nine games on the road in 2022.

Within that statistic, just two of Genoa’s last five matches have featured 2.5+ total goals scored inside 90 minutes of action with just two of their nine home games in 2022 racking up more than two goals scored in total.

The home supporters are unlikely to be treated to a free-flowing encounter at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, but on the back of a poor season at the club, a win on the last day will offer a minor comfort as they bring down the curtain on 15 seasons of top-flight football in the city.

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Genoa vs. Bologna last five matches

Genoa last five matches

Bologna last five matches

Genoa top goalscorers

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Genoa vs. Bologna line-ups

Genoa (4-2-3-1): Sirigu; Criscito, Ostigard, Bani, Hefti; Frendrup, Galdames; Gudmundsson, Amiri, Portanova; Yeboah.

Bologna (3-5-2): Skorupski; Theate, Medel, Soumaoro; Hickey, Svanberg, Schouten, Soriano, De Silvestri; Barrow Aranuatovic.

Genoa team news

Genoa boss Alexander Blessin is without key midfield pair Milan Badelj and Stefano Sturaro through injury for this game. Morten Frendrup is expected to step in for Badelj as the Grifone’s only starting change.

Bologna team news

Bologna boss Sinisa Mihajlovic has reported a clean bill of health from his squad for this game, but he is expected to rotate certain players for their season farewell. Mathas Svanberg and Musa Barrow are expected to be among the changes as the latter ends his loan spell from Atalanta.

Serie A title race analysed: Will there be a final-day twist? – Inside Europe

The Serie A title race is going down to the final day of the season as rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan bid to win the Scudetto.

AC Milan are two points clear at the top and need at least a draw at Sassuolo to claim their first league title since 2011, while champions Inter host Sampdoria.

Sassuolo beat AC Milan in the reverse fixture at San Siro (and won against them in their previous match in the 2020/21 season) and Sampdoria held Inter to a 2-2 draw last time out.

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Will both title-chasing sides win on the final day? Or will there a twist? Eurosport Italy’s Davide Bighiani previews what to expect from the conclusion of Serie A…

How is the title race being viewed in Italy?

For sure, this is the most beautiful championship fight we are witnessing in Italy, but also in Europe (together with Manchester City vs Liverpool) especially because it’s going on between two teams from the same city, and as you know AC Milan have not won a title for 11 years. The Rossoneri fans will make a lot of noise on Sunday!

Is there a feeling that Serie A will continue to be more competitive now?

Since last year Juventus are no longer the dominant team we have seen in the last decade; Inter have almost pulled off a miracle this year, restarting after the painful goodbyes of Antonio Conte, Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi; Milan are now a team that has been playing well together for almost three years; Napoli are at an excellent level even if they haven’t still the necessary solidity.

These four teams will give us a lot of satisfaction for the next few years.

What has been the key difference between the two Milan clubs?

The level of the two teams has largely been the same. The difference was made in the most recent derby (2-1 win for Milan) and Inter’s defeat in Bologna, with goalkeeper Ionut Radu’s blunder. Never before have the details made such a difference as this year.

And anything can still happen on the last Sunday of the championship.

Olivier Giroud esulta dopo il gol durante Inter-Milan – Serie A 2021-22

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Sassuolo are a bit of a bogey team for Milan, why do you think that is?

Sassuolo are always a very tricky team to face, because they play very good football, if they are on a good day they can hurt anyone. In the first meeting, they found AC Milan in a bad period of form and took advantage of it.

On Sunday the situation could play a part in the game and how both teams play.

Do you think Milan will do it?

Assuming that ‘anything can happen’, Milan seem to have the right level of mental preparation to face the challenge with destiny.

The match against Atalanta at the weekend was also very tricky and it went smoothly. Inter hope that the ‘May 5 effect’ (in 2002 they lost the Scudetto after a 4-2 defeat against Lazio saw Juventus pip them to the title) could also affect their cousins.

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Serie A Liveblog: Milan-Atalanta, Cagliari-Inter, Napoli-Genoa, Bologna-Sassuolo

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s four Serie A games with the Scudetto, European and relegation battles colliding in BolognaSassuolo, NapoliGenoa, MilanAtalanta and CagliariInter.

We begin at 11.30 UK time (10.30 GMT) with a local derby between mid-table Bologna and Sassuolo, the Rossoblu seeking a victory with Sinisa Mihajlovic back at the Stadio Dall’Ara.

At 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT), Napoli can lock down third place and want to give Lorenzo Insigne a good send-off at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, but Genoa need a result to keep their hopes of escaping relegation alive.

At 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), Serie A leaders Milan can take another giant leap towards the Scudetto, but first they must get the better of an Atalanta side who are still in the running for a Europa League spot.

Everything is at stake in Sardinia at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), as Inter need a win to keep the title race going down to the wire, while Cagliari have a huge opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone after Salernitana’s draw.

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Serie A Highlights: Bologna 1-3 Sassuolo

Watch as Sassuolo turn on the style in the local derby with Bologna, including a Gianluca Scamacca double and acrobatic Domenico Berardi bicycle-kick.

Scamacca took centre-stage with a free header on Berardi’s corner, while Vlad Chiriches had a goal disallowed after using his arm to control the rebound off the bar.

Serie A | Bologna 1-3 Sassuolo: Scamacca and Berardi dominate derby

Berardi’s spectacular overhead kick from six yards doubled their lead before Davide Frattesi threaded through for Scamacca to make it 3-0.

Riccardo Orsolini converted a stoppage-time penalty after Ruan Tressoldi charged down a Mitchell Dijks cross with his arm.

Serie A | Bologna 1-3 Sassuolo: Scamacca and Berardi dominate derby

Sassuolo flattened local rivals Bologna with a Gianluca Scamacca brace and spectacular Domenico Berardi bicycle-kick.

Watch the highlights here.

Serie A Highlights: Bologna 1-3 Sassuolo

This was an Emilia-Romagna Derby and the first game back at the Stadio Dall’Ara for Sinisa Mihajlovic since completing his second round of leukaemia treatment. He was irritated after his comeback coincided with a 4-3 defeat to Venezia and wanted a stronger response. Giorgos Kyriakopoulos was suspended for the Neroverdi, with Pedro Obiang and Jeremy Toljan injured.

Gianluca Scamacca forced a save with his snapshot from distance, beaten away by Lukasz Skorupski, and it was Scamacca who broke the deadlock when allowed a criminally free header on the Domenico Berardi corner.

Moments later, Arthur Theate made a decisive block on Giacomo Raspadori’s strike, while Marko Arnautovic’s horrible miss was spared by the offside flag.

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Davide Frattesi stung Skorupski’s gloves at the near post on a smart Matheus Henrique slide-rule pass, then the goalkeeper scrambled to safety after Berardi’s flick over Theate.

Bologna moved to 4-3-3 after the restart and were far more effective, yet got away with more poor defending on a corner on the hour mark.

Gian Marco Ferrari’s header came off the bar and Vlad Chiriches turned in the rebound, but it was disallowed because he’d used his arm to control it.

Musa Barrow blasted over after a cheeky Marko Arnautovic back-heel flick, but Sassuolo doubled their lead with a spectacular Berardi bicycle-kick from six yards, as Skorupski had intercepted a low cross with his foot, which pinged the ball straight up into the air.

Andrea Consigli smothered Barrow’s attempt from point-blank range after an Arnautovic knock-down, but Scamacca added a third as he ran onto the Davide Frattesi through ball and swept into the far bottom corner.

Bologna had won 3-0 away to Sassuolo earlier this season, so the Neroverdi took full revenge. Orsolini could’ve had a consolation late on, but couldn’t get enough on the header at the back post.

In the final minute, VAR noticed Ruan Tressoldi used his arm to charge down the Mitchell Dijks cross and Bologna received a penalty, converted into the roof of the net by Orsolini.

Bologna 1-3 Sassuolo

Scamacca 35, 80 (S), Berardi 75 (S), Orsolini pen 92 (B)

Serie A Liveblog: Milan-Atalanta, Cagliari-Inter, Napoli-Genoa, Bologna-Sassuolo

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s four Serie A games with the Scudetto, European and relegation battles colliding in BolognaSassuolo, NapoliGenoa, MilanAtalanta and CagliariInter.

We begin at 11.30 UK time (10.30 GMT) with a local derby between mid-table Bologna and Sassuolo, the Rossoblu seeking a victory with Sinisa Mihajlovic back at the Stadio Dall’Ara.

At 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT), Napoli can lock down third place and want to give Lorenzo Insigne a good send-off at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, but Genoa need a result to keep their hopes of escaping relegation alive.

At 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), Serie A leaders Milan can take another giant leap towards the Scudetto, but first they must get the better of an Atalanta side who are still in the running for a Europa League spot.

Everything is at stake in Sardinia at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), as Inter need a win to keep the title race going down to the wire, while Cagliari have a huge opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone after Salernitana’s draw.

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Why Hickey is the perfect fit for Arteta’s Arsenal

Arsenal are closing in on a €25m deal for Bologna’s Aaron Hickey, a player who seems to be the perfect fit for Mikel Arteta’s squad in North London.

The 19-year-old Scot has proven himself to be an exciting and talented full back this season under Sinisa Mihajlovic, scoring five goals and providing one assist in 34 Serie A appearances this season. He seems ready for the jump to a big club in the summer, joining Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson in the list of skilled Scottish full backs.

Hickey appears to be a strong fit for Arteta’s squad, able to play as both a left and right back in a back four. He’d be an incredibly reliable backup option for Tierney, who has struggled with injuries this season, and the stats show that he’d easily bring enough to the table to justify a starting spot in the Premier League.

Hickey completes 33.8 passes per 90 minutes on average, only a little below Tierney’s 42.4. His work is usually a little less progressive than his Arsenal counterpart’s, 1.62 progressive pass p/90 to 3.57, but he makes up for that with significantly better defensive numbers. Hickey wins 0.69 tackles p/90, successfully applies pressure 3.53 times p/90 and makes 2.01 blocks p/90. In comparison, Tierney’s numbers are 0.56 p/90, 2.30 p/90 and 1.64 p/90 respectively.

Considering that Arsenal often find themselves stretched a little thin in the full back department, especially when considering Takehiro Tomiyasu’s injury troubles, Hickey would be an incredibly smart signing by the North London side.

Why Hickey is the perfect fit for Arteta’s Arsenal

Arsenal are closing in on a €25m deal for Bologna’s Aaron Hickey, a player who seems to be the perfect fit for Mikel Arteta’s squad in North London.

The 19-year-old Scot has proven himself to be an exciting and talented full back this season under Sinisa Mihajlovic, scoring five goals and providing one assist in 34 Serie A appearances this season. He seems ready for the jump to a big club in the summer, joining Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson in the list of skilled Scottish full backs.

Hickey appears to be a strong fit for Arteta’s squad, able to play as both a left and right back in a back four. He’d be an incredibly reliable backup option for Tierney, who has struggled with injuries this season, and the stats show that he’d easily bring enough to the table to justify a starting spot in the Premier League.

Hickey completes 33.8 passes per 90 minutes on average, only a little below Tierney’s 42.4. His work is usually a little less progressive than his Arsenal counterpart’s, 1.62 progressive pass p/90 to 3.57, but he makes up for that with significantly better defensive numbers. Hickey wins 0.69 tackles p/90, successfully applies pressure 3.53 times p/90 and makes 2.01 blocks p/90. In comparison, Tierney’s numbers are 0.56 p/90, 2.30 p/90 and 1.64 p/90 respectively.

Considering that Arsenal often find themselves stretched a little thin in the full back department, especially when considering Takehiro Tomiyasu’s injury troubles, Hickey would be an incredibly smart signing by the North London side.

Why Hickey is the perfect fit for Arteta’s Arsenal

Arsenal are closing in on a €25m deal for Bologna’s Aaron Hickey, a player who seems to be the perfect fit for Mikel Arteta’s squad in North London.

The 19-year-old Scot has proven himself to be an exciting and talented full back this season under Sinisa Mihajlovic, scoring five goals and providing one assist in 34 Serie A appearances this season. He seems ready for the jump to a big club in the summer, joining Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson in the list of skilled Scottish full backs.

Hickey appears to be a strong fit for Arteta’s squad, able to play as both a left and right back in a back four. He’d be an incredibly reliable backup option for Tierney, who has struggled with injuries this season, and the stats show that he’d easily bring enough to the table to justify a starting spot in the Premier League.

Hickey completes 33.8 passes per 90 minutes on average, only a little below Tierney’s 42.4. His work is usually a little less progressive than his Arsenal counterpart’s, 1.62 progressive pass p/90 to 3.57, but he makes up for that with significantly better defensive numbers. Hickey wins 0.69 tackles p/90, successfully applies pressure 3.53 times p/90 and makes 2.01 blocks p/90. In comparison, Tierney’s numbers are 0.56 p/90, 2.30 p/90 and 1.64 p/90 respectively.

Considering that Arsenal often find themselves stretched a little thin in the full back department, especially when considering Takehiro Tomiyasu’s injury troubles, Hickey would be an incredibly smart signing by the North London side.