Chelsea urged to move for Hearts youngster Aaron Hickey who could follow Billy Gilmour path to first-team
Former Scotland forward Andy Walker has urged Chelsea to make a move for Hearts youngster Aaron Hickey, suggesting he could follow Billy Gilmour’s lead in making his mark in the Stamford Bridge first-team.
The 18-year-old has also been linked with the likes of Bayern Munich and Man City, but Walker says he would be a ‘great option’ for Frank Lampard as he looks to address his squad’s weakness at left-back.
The Blues boss is unconvinced by Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri and is reportedly keen on a big money move for Leicester and England star Ben Chilwell.
Hickey, who has just one year left on his contract, would be available for a fraction of the price, and Walker believes he could emulate Gilmour, who Chelsea prized away from Rangers as a teenager.
“Even this early in his career, I think Hickey would be a great option for Chelsea,” Walker told Sky Sports.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that, in time, Hickey could follow the example of Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson or Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney and adjust from playing in the Scottish Premiership to thriving in the more demanding English Premier League.
“Given that he would be a very cheap option, in my view it would be worth it for Chelsea to take Hickey now and school him in their coaching system.
“Chelsea will of course realise there are a few gems to be found in Scotland having signed Billy Gilmour from Rangers for no more than a development fee for the Ibrox club.”
Lampard gives approval for Chelsea to sign midfielder – Granovskaia now analysing transfer
It first started with reports from Goal claiming that Tottenham made a €18m bid for the player, and that was turned down by the Rio de Janeiro side.
Then Fox Sports and Globo both said Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea are in talks for the signing, and should make a bid very soon.
Now ESPN Brasil journalist Jorge Nicola is another one bringing updates, and there’s very interesting information on his Youtube channel.
He claims that all the information comes from Gerson’s dad, Marcão. It’s said Tottenham have indeed offered €18m for the midfielder, but Flamengo won’t open talks for less than €30m.
Marcão has been called by two agents who asked for authorisation to negotiate the player’s transfer with European clubs, one from Germany and one from England. Nicola says he ‘believes’ the one in England is Kia Joorabchian.
In Globo’s report, the agent named was Giuliano Bertolucci, who’s known to be a partner of Kia Joorabchian. So it all makes sense.
Nicola says that Frank Lampard has already approved Gerson’s arrival at Chelsea, and the signing is currently being analysed by Marina Granovskaia.
And despite claims from Globo saying official offers should arrive at Flamengo next week, perhaps these clubs don’t need to rush to get Gerson.
According to Jorge Nicola, who has also been informed by the player’s father, there’s a clause in the contract which says Flamengo must pay Roma 10% of a transfer in case they sell him before the 12th of July.
So they may hold the negotiations to make a bigger profit.