According to reports in French publication L’Equipe, Tottenham Hotspur have agreed terms with Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier but face competition from Serie A giants Juventus and Inter Milan in order to bring him to the Premier League.
Well, L’Equipe says that Spurs and the two Italian clubs have an agreement in place with the player, but now they must sort a price with PSG for the Ivory Coast international.
Tottenham are still yet to make any summer signings but their need for a right-back has intensified with Kyle Walker being sold to Manchester City last month and replacement Kieran Trippier suffering an ankle injury which meant that youngster Kyle Walker-Peters started the win against Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Sunday.
Aurier has slipped down to third-choice at the Parc des Princes following the arrival of Dani Alves from Juventus this summer, who according to L’Equipe are now ironically looking to replace the experienced Brazilian with the 24-year-old.
While he is out-of-favour and wants to leave the French capital now, the Ivorian was a regular in the PSG team last term and ended the campaign having made 32 appearances in all competitions, providing five assists.
The 24-year-old made his name playing for his country at the 2014 World Cup when his impressive attacking performances caught the eye of many top European teams, with the Ligue 1 giants eventually winning the race to sign him from Toulouse later that summer.
He should be, yes.
While Walker-Peters put in an admirable performance against Newcastle at the weekend, it remains to be seen whether he is at the required level to cover Trippier in the Premier League and Champions League throughout the remainder of the campaign.
Aurier is a strong defender who loves to get forward, but there are some question marks on his off-field actions as he has previously been suspended by PSG over comments he made against former boss Laurent Blanc, while he was refused entry to the UK for his team’s European clash against Arsenal in November after being accused of assaulting a police officer.
Well, while Spurs have agreed terms with the player they will be relying on the player preferring to move to England considering the competition they have for his signature.