Real Madrid are reportedly considering a free transfer swoop for former Tottenham Hotspur defender Serge Aurier who is currently unattached to any club.
According to an update from Eduardo Inda on El Chiringuito TV, Real Madrid are lining up a move for Serge Aurier who is a free agent after he had his contract with Tottenham Hotspur terminated earlier in the summer.
Aurier spent the majority of his professional career in France, playing for RC Lens, Toulouse and Paris Saint-Germain before he made his way to Tottenham Hotspur during the summer transfer window of 2017. Having signed for the north London giants, the right-back had to play second-fiddle to Kieran Trippier in his first two seasons at the club.
Following the Englishman’s move to Atletico Madrid in 2019, Aurier became the first-choice right-back at Tottenham but was often a liability due to his lack of defensive discipline, which forced Spurs to sign Matt Doherty last year. This ate into the Ivory Coast international’s game-time, as he made just 27 appearances across all competitions.
With Tottenham signing Emerson Royal this past summer from Barcelona, Aurier, who was in the final year of his contract, reached an agreement over a mutual termination after making 110 appearances in four years for the north Londoners.
Aurier has since been a free agent, although there have been on and off links with a move to Everton. Now, Real Madrid have also taken an interest in the 28-year-old right-back as per the update from Eduardo Inda. Los Blancos find themselves in a precarious position with regard to the right-back slot at the club.
Having allowed Alvaro Odriozola to leave on loan in the summer, Carlo Ancelotti has been left with Dani Carvajal as the only natural right-back in the squad, who is struggling with injuries. Lucas Vazquez excelled in the position last term but is not favoured by the Italian while Nacho, in the past couple of games, has shown that he can not entirely be relied upon in the makeshift role either.
So, unsurprisingly, Real Madrid have been linked with a host of right-backs in recent weeks, ranging from Chelsea’s Reece James to Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool. However, any move for those would have to wait till the summer, while someone like Aurier would be an immediate solution to their problems.
Despite his defensive flaws, the 28-year-old remains a player with immense experience at the highest level and could be a decent backup for Carvajal even if as a stop-gap solution. It now remains to be seen if Real Madrid do make an attempt to secure the signing of Aurier in the coming weeks.