Brentford have agreed an agreement to sign Scottish full-back Aaron Hickey from Bologna in an initial £14m transfer.
The Scotland U21 full-back has signed a long-term deal with the west London club and the deal represents the first transfer deal for Thomas Frank this summer.
The £14million fee will rise to £18million if performance-related add-ons are met during Hickey’s stay at Brentford, who are preparing for their second consecutive season of top-flight football.
Sky Sports News exclusively revealed Brentford’s interest in Hickey in January – and they tried to sign him then.
Meanwhile, talks are still ongoing between Brentford and Hull City over a deal for striker Keane Lewis-Potter.
The Bees have made a big offer to Hull and the player wants to join the Premier League club.
Frank ‘optimistic’ on Eriksen deal
Brentford manager Frank revealed this week he was “optimistic” about Christian Eriksen’s chances of signing for the club, despite the Danish midfielder’s deal with Manchester United.
Sky Sports News revealed last week that Eriksen had agreed in principle to move to Old Trafford on a three-year deal, after the short-term contract from Brentford he signed in January expired on June 30.
But speaking to the Danish publication BTFrank said: “At the moment he is not a player for Brentford, but he is not a player for anyone else either.
“It may well be that right now it seems like a different place from home, but let’s see now.
“I have to be optimistic, but I also read newspapers. Let’s see what happens. I’m communicating with Christian, but we’re keeping him to ourselves until he’s signed here or somewhere else.”
Brentford fixtures: Leicester and Man Utd first for Bees
Brentford will start the 2022/23 season – their second as a Premier League club – with a trip to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester on Sunday August 7.
The Bees were due to visit alongside Brendan Rodgers on August 6 at 3pm, but the game was postponed by 11pm due to the Caribbean Carnival taking place in Leicester city center that Saturday.
Thomas Frank’s Bees then host Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United at Brentford’s Community Stadium a week later on August 13 and face rivals Fulham in the first West London derby of the season at Craven Cottage on 20 August; the return clash will be played on Saturday March 4.
Brentford welcome newly-promoted AFC Bournemouth to the capital at the start of a busy October, which includes another west London-wide clash with Chelsea – whom they beat 4-1 at Stamford Bridge on the season last – October 18.
On November 5, they face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground and the following week travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City in the final game before the Premier League break for the 2022 World Cup.
Frank’s side return to action on Boxing Day when they take on Tottenham at home and close out the year with a trip to face West Ham on New Year’s Eve. Their final game of the season is at home against current champions Manchester City.