Aaron Hickey has signed a long-term contract at Brentford for an initial £14m fee; the price will rise to £18m if performance-related add-ons are met; the Bees are in ongoing talks over a deal for Hull City's Keane Lewis-Potter. The Scotland U21 full-back has signed a long-term contract with the west London club and the deal represents the first piece of transfer business for Thomas Frank this summer. Bologna made an updated offer for Hickey, which was accepted by Hearts on 8 September 2020. On 24 September 2020, Hickey completed a moved to the Serie A side for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £1.5 million. He said he chose Bologna over Bayern due to the Italian club's family feel, and their intention to use him in their first-team. Due to the suspension of regular left-back Mitchell Dijks, Hickey made his first Serie A appearance on 28 September in a 4–1 win against Parma. His first season at Bologna was cut short by injury in March 2021, restricting him to 12 appearances. At the end of the season, he was nominated for the 2021 Golden Boy award.
the £14m fee will rise to £18m if performance-related add-ons are met during Hickey's time at Brentford, who are preparing for their second successive season of top-flight football.
it was revealed that Brentford's interest in Hickey in January - and they attempted to sign him then. Meanwhile, talks are still ongoing between Brentford and Hull City over a deal for forward Keane Lewis-Potter. The Bees have made Hull a significant offer and the player wants to move to the Premier League club.