By Dave Marshall
Tottenham have been dealt a huge transfer blow as one of their major targets in the summer transfer window, Serge Aurier has reportedly stated his desire to play for Manchester United, not the north London giants, according to the Mirror.
Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino is keen to sign a right back in the wake of Kyle Walker leaving the club for Manchester City. The 24-year-old Ivorian is keen to leave PSG, after the arrival of legendary defender, Daniel Alves at the Parc des Princes. Les Parisiens also have Thomas Meunier to compete with Alves in that position, meaning that Aurier is no longer needed at the French giants.
Reports have suggested earlier this month that Tottenham have agreed a fee of £23m for the services of the player, but Aurier’s preference to play for United poses a big problem. Jose Mourinho has also been interested in signing the player, but it is unlikely that he will move before Thursday’s deadline day.
Manchester United want another right back to compete favourable with Antonio Valencia, and Aurier fits the bill perfectly but his court case is proving to be the barrier in the actualisation of any dream move. He was banned from entering the UK last year as he was convicted of assaulting a man outside a Paris nightclub, and is awaiting hearing on the case, as he has appealed the judgment.
Aurier has had disciplinary issues throughout his career but is undoubtedly a quality player. Spurs have only Kieran Trippier as the only senior right back at the club, and in a season that Spurs have to play in four competitions.
It is yet interesting to see where Aurier will move to before the end of Thursday, as he is desperate to play regularly ahead of a World Cup year.
Aurier is primarily a right back, but can play on the left side of defence. He is powerful, fast and is capable both defensively and offensively. He joined PSG in 2014, and has made close to 100 appearances for the Ligue 1 giants, winning a raft of trophies in that time.