Tottenham round-up: PSG defender deal stalls; youngster loaned to Championship; Pochettino on Burnley
Tottenham’s summer window is beginning to pick up a head of steam as it enters the final seven days, and reports from France have suggested that Paris Saint Germain’s Serge Aurier is close to finalising a move.
L’Equipe claim that the 24-year-old right-back has agreed terms with the north London club during the past week, with chairman Daniel Levy travelling to Paris himself to try and get things done by August 31.
However, there could still be a major stumbling block between a switch to Tottenham, with the report saying that the move has stalled as his application for a work permit and entrance into England is still under review.
This is taking a while due to the Ivorian’s past discrepancies during his stint in France, being sentenced to two months in prison after assaulting, as reported by Sky Sports, a police officer.
Should this application be denied then Tottenham will have little choice but to drop their intention of signing Aurier, with it thought that Italian champions Juventus are ready to pounce should it fall through.
With one defender’s future at Tottenham firmly in the balance, one has found himself on the way out of the club today as Cameron Carter-Vickers has joined Sheffield United on a season-long loan.
It was announced on the club’s website this morning that the 19-year-old – who also signed an extended three-year deal at Tottenham – will join the Championship side for the rest of the 2017-18 season.
Carter-Vickers is highly-rated by boss Mauricio Pochettino and has been edging closer to the first-team for a while, making four appearances in cup competitions and being involved in their pre-season tour.
Meanwhile, the Argentine has urged his players to respond to their disappointing defeat to arch-rivals Chelsea last weekend and secure their first three points at new ‘home’ Wembley on Sunday.
Sean Dyche’s Burnley side will take the trip down south to the home of English football – just two weeks after a shock victory over Chelsea – as Tottenham look to get their home form back on track.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, he said: “We dominated the game and created the most important chances. The team has been training very well this week. I am happy with the way we have responded in the week. I think the team arrive in a very good condition to compete on Sunday.”
And when asked about the above Aurier rumours, he responded: “That is rumour. We cannot confirm nothing until something happens. There are many, many players like always in the media. But you know I can confirm nothing.”
Pochettino faces no fresh injury concerns ahead of Sunday afternoon’s clash with the Clarets, with long-term absentees Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou all still on the side-line.