Paris Saint Germain’s Serge Aurier is a man in demand.
The Ivory Coast full-back, who has been linked prominently with moves to Manchester United and Chelsea during the last month, is now reported by French newspaper L’Equipe to be on the verge of agreeing on a switch to Tottenham Hotspur.
With a deal reportedly “95% agreed” between team and player, could Aurier be Tottenham’s first signing of the summer and will Chelsea miss out on another potential target?
What do we know so far?
Aurier was first linked with a move to Tottenham back in June, when the Mirror reported that the club were lining up the 24-year old as a potential replacement for the departing Kyle Walker.
Despite having two years left on his contract and being offered a new deal by PSG, the Ivory Coast international has made it clear that he is keen to explore his options abroad and in the Premier League. Aurier certainly endured a difficult season in 2016/17, having been convicted of acting violently towards police during an incident in September.
The right-back recently appealed his conviction and two-month prison sentence, and this is a situation that his suitors have been monitoring closely.
Tottenham appear to be the first to make a decisive move, with a broad agreement having been reached over the terms of a five-year contract. Once the final details have been confirmed, it is thought that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will negotiate directly with PSG and look to complete the deal for a fee in the region of 25 million euros.
How likely is a deal?
Despite the reports, the transfer of Aurier to Tottenham is still far from assured. After all, Gianluca Di Marzio has suggested that Frenchman has agreed to join Inter Milan, while Goal ran a story last week claiming that United had also thrashed out a contract with the Frenchman.
Even with Aurier thought to prefer a move to the Premier League, there remains a potential issue with his work permit following his conviction. Remember, he was denied entry into the UK in November when PSG travelled to the Emirates to take on Arsenal in the Champions League, and there is no guarantee that this will be overturned prior to the end of the transfer window.
So even if Tottenham can finalise personal terms with the player and agree a fee with PSG, the prospect of a new, signing being forced to spend two months of the season in jail is one that the club cannot ignore entirely.
It seems that not a day goes by without Serge Aurier either being linked with a club or reported to have agreed personal terms with a potential suitor. This makes it hard to determine the likelihood of a potential deal, but Tottenham certainly seem to be in pole position to secure his signature.
This is definitely a space to watch in the days to come, particularly as the decision of Spurs to roll the dice may force others to make their move.