Arsenal could lose out on Toulouse defender Serge Aurier after PSG have expressed their interest in the pacey right back.
The youngster is presently one of the most in-demand right backs in the market as he enjoyed a spectacular season in the French league, which saw him being named in the Ligue 1 team of the year. He has followed that up with impressive performances in the World Cup for Ivory Coast. Aurier set up both his team’s goals in Ivory Coast’s 2-1 win over Japan.
Arsenal have been linked with the player for a long time and Aurier had even hinted at a move to the Gunners. He told Eurosport France in May, ‘I’ve never prioritised a club in England as even the promoted clubs are respectable. I will privilege the one that will show the most interest in me, that will give me the most game time. After that, you can’t really say no to Arsenal It’s a club with history, with a French manager, who has welcomed many Francophones. Plus, Arsenal are always thereabouts when it comes to trophies and a club that plays in the Champions League.’
Liverpool too, have been linked with a move for the 21 year old as the Reds are looking for full-backs in the market, and have already lost out on Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno.
It has also been reported that Tottenham are also set to rival Arsenal to the signature of the player as Mauricio Pochettino is chasing a right-back with Kyle Walker recovering from a pelvic injury and thinks Aurier would make a perfect fit for his new side.
However, the English teams could lose out on the player as French giants PSG are reportedly interested in acquiring his services and are ready to outbid any sum the two clubs would offer Toulouse.
The Paris side were expected to sign Brazil and Barcelona player Dani Alves, but have now switched their attention to Aurier, who they believe is a better option because of being 10 years younger than the Brazilian, and because he would command a lower salary as well.
Aurier is the epitome of a modern full-back- someone who attacks whenever possible and links up defence with attack with intelligent passes and crosses and simultaneously manages to remain responsible in defence. He is attack minded, as he scored six goals in Ligue 1 last season for Toulouse, but doesn’t make lapses, defensively.
Compatriot Didier Drogba believes that the Ivory Coast youngster would do well in the Premier League.
He told FIfa.com, “Serge brought us energy and balance and he had a fantastic game. He’s the best right-back in all of France. I think he’ll do well at the next level too, in the Premier League.”
He has been the quickest player at the World Cup as he was clocked running at 33.52km/h during the World Cup group game against Colombia.