Manchester City’s chase of veteran Brazilian defender Dani Alves took a shock twist this week French giants Paris-Saint Germain swooped in and secured his signature.
It is understood that the Ligue One side have offered the 34-year-old an astonishing £230,000-per-week deal – which is worth around £12 million-per-year – that caused Alves to snub a Premier League move.
But it is not all doom and gloom as far as Pep Guardiola’s side are concerned, with French outlet L’Equipe now claiming that PSG’s current right-back option Serge Aurier could be allowed to leave.
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Although the loss of Alves will be a bitter pill to swallow for Guardiola, especially as The Guardian reported last month that an initial agreement was in place, it doesn’t signal the end of the world.
Despite currently enduring a tough time in his career in the French capital Aurier has consistently impressed since announcing himself onto the global scene at the 2014 World Cup for Ivory Coast.
His sharpness and speed down the right flank was effective at both ends of the field, and it is little surprise that PSG wasted no time in securing the services of the 24-year-old on a season-long loan.
His career in France may have tailed off lately due to problems off the field but his talent on the pitch is still there for everyone to see, providing a real threat whenever he rampages into the opposition half, and his intelligence and ability to read the game in defence has made him a well-rounded player.
And there’s a lot more than meets the eye when watching Aurier play, with an ability to play as a conventional full-back and as a marauding wing-back – something Guardiola could be tempted with.
Although Aurier’s contract doesn’t run out for another two years, these fresh reports suggest that PSG would consider offers in the region of £20 million as the arrival of Alves leaves him surplus to requirement.
It’s clear that the signing of Kyle Walker from Tottenham – as per Sky Sports – remains high up on Guardiola’s list of priorities, but with the Champions League on the horizon added strength may be useful.