Tottenham round-up: Aurier deal on the brink; Estudiantes defender arrival confirmed; rivals make Barkley bid
Tottenham are truly beginning to kick into second gear as the transfer deadline day approaches, with Sky Sports believing that it is only a matter of time before Serge Aurier’s arrival is officially announced.
The Paris Saint-Germain right-back had been waiting for clearance from the Home Office over a UK work visa following a conviction for assault last year, potentially putting the entire move in jeopardy.
But reports today understand that the Ivorian has been granted the required work permit to finalise his switch to north London, with a medical completed and personal terms already agreed with Spurs.
Aurier even took to social media to tease Tottenham fans with this tweet earlier:
— Serge Aurier (@Serge_aurier) August 30, 2017
It continued to be a busy day down in north London as, on top of Aurier’s impending arrival, the signing of £8million Argentine youngster Juan Foyth was announced on the club’s website.
The 19-year-old defender had been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham all summer, and an agreement was made between the two sides that will see him arrive in London on a five-year deal.
Speaking about his switch to the Premier League, Foyth said:
“I really like this club and I really like the league. I’m focused and now I’m going to try and make the most of it. It’s a club that believes in young players and I’m very pleased to be here.”
Despite only playing a handful of games for Estudiantes in the Argentina Superliga last season he impressed Pochettino with his performances as part of Argentina’s Under-20 2017 World Cup side.
In other news, Chelsea have made the first move in the race for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley after BBC Sport reported last night that Antonio Conte’s side have seen an initial offer of £25million rejected.
Despite the fact their London rivals have stolen a march in the race for Barkley’s signature, Tottenham are now weighing up whether to match Chelsea’s bid according to the Evening Standard.
Boss Mauricio Pochettino is a long-term admirer of the 23-year-old and believes he can get the best out of him if he moved to Tottenham, and it’s now a waiting game to see what the Argentine decides to do.
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