Speculation has surfaced that Tottenham Hotspur are intensifying their interest in Paris Saint-Germain’s Serge Aurier. Spurs were first linked with the 24-year-old back in June as a potential replacement for Kyle Walker, who has since completed his transfer to Manchester City. As we reported last week, personal terms are believed to have already been agreed with the Ligue 1 heavyweights.
Mauricio Pochettino has selected both Kyle Walker-Peters, who claimed the man-of-the-match award against Newcastle United, and Kieran Trippier at right-back for his side’s opening two Premier League encounters. However, the Tottenham boss appears eager to sign another top-class right back to fill the void left by Walker’s departure.
According to Sky Sports, Spurs have contacted PSG regarding Aurier’s availability. Having recently smashed the world record transfer fee to land Neymar from Barcelona, PSG are under pressure to sell.
Aurier could be a player they are willing to sacrifice to ensure they comply with Financial Fair Play and the report says that they are seeking a fee of £23 million – less than half the amount Spurs received from Manchester City for Walker.
Tottenham remain the only Premier League club yet to add to their squad in this transfer window, but they are expected to be busy before it closes on August 31. It’s been widely reported that Spurs are close to announcing the club-record signing of Ajax centre-back Davinson Sanchez and securing Aurier’s signature would further bolster Pochettino’s defensive resources.
A move for the Ivory Coast international would cast doubt on the immediate future of Walker-Peters, who made such a huge impression on his full Premier League debut at St James’ Park. The Daily Mail claim the 20-year-old is to be offered a new five-year-deal – his third contract in just 18 months – as a reward for his rapid progress.
However, should Aurier arrive then the 20-year-old would likely be relegated to Spurs’ third choice right-back. In that case, Pochettino may look to loan out Walker-Peters to ensure he gets regular game time.
It must be remembered though, that Aurier was refused entry to the UK last year ahead of PSG’s Champions League fixture against Arsenal. The Ivorian had been given a two-month suspended prison sentence last September for assaulting a police officer, causing his visa to be revoked. Any agreement between Spurs and PSG would be subject to approval from the relevant authorities.