France Football have claimed that AS Monaco are interested in luring Tottenham Hotspur star Serge Aurier back to the top tier of French football, just two seasons after joining Spurs from Paris Saint-Germain.
The 26-year-old has managed just 41 league and cup appearances for Spurs in two seasons, since joining the club for £23million from PSG (Guardian). This season, he clocked up just eight Premier League appearances.
Indeed, Mauricio Pochettino has preferred Kieran Trippier on the right side of the defence. He has even used Kyle Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth at right-back this season.
The Ivory Coast international still has three years left on his contract, but he is deemed flexible by Spurs and the club may now be willing to sell Aurier – who has also played for Toulouse and Lens in France.
It is believed that a fee of just £13.2million plus bonuses could be enough to tempt Tottenham to sell the right-back.
Aurier has simply not fitted into Tottenham’s style of play. Pochettino’s preference to play Trippier despite the England defender’s large dip in form is proof that he is not enormously rated.
A move back to France is the best option for Aurier, and rejoining a big club like Monaco will surely prove tempting for the defender. The only thing that may put Aurier off, is Monaco have failed to qualify for European football.
Indeed, Monaco finished in a surprise 17th in Ligue 1 – just two points off the relegation places. From Tottenham’s point of view, though, he should definitely be moved on.