According to Italian journalist Rudy Galetti, Serge Aurier is reportedly off to PSG, with the Ivorian expected to garner about £17 million in the sale.
While still unconfirmed, this would constitute a good bit of business for Spurs. The club bought Aurier in 2017 for £23 million. Losing £6 million on Aurier is by no means catastrophic, particularly considering the Ivorian’s erratic and inconsistent nature.
"The below tweet translates roughly as: “Serge Aurier will be back at PSG! The Ivorian would sign a 4-year contract after a 20m offer € . The idea of Hakimi’s arrival becomes more complicated.”"
Aurier made his intentions to leave clear about three weeks ago, but the writing was on the wall before that. Mauricio Pochettino was influential in bringing Aurier to Hotspur Way about four years ago, so the move for the gaffer to reunite with the 28-year-old comes as no surprise.
Aurier is also incredibly desirous of returning to France, with his heart set on playing in the capital with PSG. It’s unlike Daniel Levy to sell an asset without a replacement already in the works, but not in this scenario, considering how desperate Aurier is to head for pastures anew.
And Tottenham isn’t exactly steadfast on keeping him either, so, as long as Tottenham land a superior replacement, this would mark a mutually beneficial deal.
Confirmation of this sale should be forthcoming within days, as all parties are reportedly on board with the move.
Spurs are taking a slight risk by selling the Ivorian without a verified replacement, but it also places the onus on Fabio Paratici to source and seal a first-choice right back.
Though he probably didn’t have much to do with Aurier’s prospective sale, the perception is one of Paratici making an immediate splash. Even if he’s not involved, it’s clear Tottenham’s new sporting director acquits himself with conviction, decisiveness and confidence.
Finding a solid starting right back is no easy task, so Paratici has his work cut out for him. But based on his history and gung-ho attitude, the task at hand shouldn’t cause Spurs’ new sporting director too much undo stress.
Wish I could say the same for Tottenham supporters.