According to The Daily Mail, Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier wants to leave the club before the transfer deadline for European clubs passes on September 2nd.
Well, the Ivory Coast international has found game time hard to come by since signing from Paris Saint-Germain back in 2017 in a deal worth £23m.
His former side and French champions PSG are said to be interested in taking him back, whilst AC Milan are also said to be keeping an eye on the 26-year-old’s situation.
Aurier made just eight Premier League appearances last term and has only ever started 22 league games for the club, with Kieran Trippier mostly ahead of him in the pecking order before he left for Atletico Madrid this summer – significantly, Kyle Walker-Peters got the nod to start the Premier League opener against Aston Villa.
After Trippier’s departure, Mauricio Pochettino has just Walker-Peters and Aurier to rely on at right-back, whilst Juan Foyth can also play there if need be.
Crucially, however, the Argentina international will be out until September after suffering an ankle injury.
Even when Foyth returns, the fact of the matter is that he is severely inexperienced at right-back, whilst Walker-Peters also has a mistake in him, as we saw in last season’s FA Cup game against Crystal Palace and also in the Champions League game against Barcelona.
With no real prior knowledge on how any of Aurier, Foyth or Walker-Peters will fare as a consistent starter at right-back, Pochettino must keep all three at the club until January at least so he can fully assess the situation before him.
If it turns out that Walker-Peters – who seems to be first-choice right now having been given the nod against Villa – can hold his own week in, week out, then Aurier should be allowed to leave with Foyth as the backup.
For now, however, it would be a risky move to let Aurier go with the right-back situation still not fully clear.