Arsenal close in on first summer signing

Arsenal are close to making Serge Aurier their first major signing of the summer, according to reports from Goal.

The Gunners have been tracking the Toulouse ace for some time, with Arsene Wenger rumoured to see him as the ideal man to fill the void left by Bacary Sagna – who will officially leave the club on a free transfer in a few weeks’ time.

Although the Ivorian’s agent has cooled talk that an agreement between his client and Arsenal has been reached, it is understood that Aurier is ready to pen a contract at the Emirates Stadium.

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It is also reported that the structure of the payments for a £7m deal have been arranged between the London club and Toulouse, who are resigned to losing one of their star performers.

A deal is unlikely to be concluded until after the World Cup, with the 21-year-old now focused on the Ivory Coast’s trip to Brazil.

Atletico Madrid’s Juanfran was a target, but Aurier’s youth appears to have won out.

There is also talk that Liverpool are ready to hijack the swoop, but it’s unlikely that they will be able to convince the defender to turn down Arsenal.


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