A former Tottenham Hotspur boss is closing in on his new club, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him raid his old club this January…
Mauricio Pochettino is expected to become the next manager of Ligue 1 champions and Champions League runners-up Paris Saint-Germain before their game against Saint-Etienne on January 6th.
The 48-year-old signed the Ivorian right-back from his new club PSG in a £22.5m deal back in the 2017 summer transfer window. This will also be his first job since Daniel Levy sacked him over 13 months ago.
Aurier had fallen out-of-favour under Jose Mourinho last season, so much so that the club went out and signed Matt Doherty for £15m from Premier League rivals Wolves in the summer.
However, the 28-year-old has been able to usurp the Irishman thus far, starting six of their last seven league outings, as per Transfermarkt.
The erratic right-back did not feature last time out after being hooked by Mourinho early during their embarrassing defeat to Leicester City before Christmas.
Talk of a new extension to his current £120k-per-week terms certainly seems premature as Aurier has seemingly reverted back to type – unreliable and reckless.
Those wages put him among the club’s highest earners, so if an opportunity such as Pochettino returning for him arises in January, then Levy ought to take it and run.
His value isn’t going to go up much more from here and it would be a hefty fee to take off the wage bill for any potential incomings.
Overall, you have to ask if that £22.5m and £120k-per-week salary has been worth it? We don’t think so.
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