Tottenham defender Serge Aurier is reportedly on the wish lists of a fellow Premier League club as well as a team from the Bundesliga.
The two interested clubs both reached the Europa League quarter-finals last term and Leverkusen are in the group stage of the competition this season, with Spurs hoping to join them if they can negotiate the qualifying rounds.
Aurier was a regular in Tottenham’s first XI last season, starting 31 Premier League games, but his place in the team could be under threat following the recent arrival of Matt Doherty at the club. Also, according to a report from The Telegraph, the Lilywhites are apparently open to the idea of selling the Ivory Coast international to raise transfer funds.
The 27-year-old has had to endure a few difficult spells in north London, having drawn scathing criticism from several Spurs fans for some unconvincing performances and, along with Danny Rose, being labelled “Dumb and Dumber” by Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane in a withering put-down last year.
Even though Aurier has had to contend with such unflattering criticism during his time with Spurs, statistically he makes a valuable contribution to the team in several ways. He won the joint-higher number of tackles per game (2.8) last season, while only Japhet Tanganga beat his interceptions average of 1.4 per game. Also, Son Heung-min is his only current team-mate to have contributed a higher tally of assists and more key passes per game than the Ivorian in 2019/20. [via WhoScored]
Of the two clubs reportedly in for Aurier, Leverkusen seem to be in a stronger position, given that they have the windfall from the sale of Havertz and that the Spurs defender has already turned down Wolves.
Even with Doherty potentially usurping his starting position, though, the Ivory Coast international can still contribute plenty to the Tottenham cause.
Should Spurs keep or sell Serge Aurier?
Depending on how badly he wants to leave, the Lilywhites may have little option but to let him go, although they should not do so without putting up a strong fight to get the best possible deal from a player whose figures suggest that such fierce criticism from the likes of Keane has perhaps been harsh.
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