Report: PSG want Hakimi; may snub Serge Aurier
Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo is not a fan of Serge Aurier, and would rather sign Achraf Hakimi than the Spurs right-back, according to a report from Foot Mercato.
Aurier looks to be heading towards the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium exit this summer.
In fact, Foot Mercato reported earlier this month that talks between PSG and the Spurs defender had accelerated. And it was even suggested that a four-year contract was on the table.
However, it appears that those working behind the scenes at Parc des Princes are divided over the potential move for Aurier.
Foot Mercato is now claiming that Mauricio Pochettino wants the Ivorian. But Leonardo has another target in mind.
The report claims that he wants Hakimi. It is suggested that he could leave Inter Milan with Antonio Conte already going.
Foot Mercato adds that Leonardo is not a fan of Aurier’s profile.
Blow for Spurs should Aurier fail to secure PSG move
PSG are not the only side reportedly keen on Aurier. Real Madrid are also apparently admirers of the 28-year-old.
But it is still potentially a sizeable blow for Tottenham if PSG look elsewhere and pursue Hakimi.
His contract expires next summer. So this window represents Spurs’ final chance to receive any sort of significant fee for the full-back.
And with a new manager coming in, they may appreciate having the biggest transfer kitty possible to conduct a potential overhaul of the squad.
Aurier is on £70,000-a-week, according to Spotrac. So moving his wages on would also hand the incoming boss a boost.
Aurier has the potential to be produce some outstanding performances. But he has also proved to be incredibly difficult to rely on.
It may be that PSG fail to land Hakimi and stick to their plan to sign Aurier. Or Real may take the opportunity to step in and offer him a move to the Spanish capital.
But as things stand, Tottenham may not be best pleased to hear Leonardo’s stance.
If Hakimi is obtainable, it is surely a no-brainer for the Ligue 1 side.
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