According to a report by Foot Mercato, talks between Paris-Saint Germain and Tottenham have been initiated over the sale of defender Serge Aurier – with a four-year deal and salary of around €7 million-per-season (£6 million) already drawn up from their side.
The Lowdown: Aurier linked with exit
The Ivorian has been attracting interest from France in recent weeks with reports detailing interest from PSG.
The 28-year-old, despite enjoying a fine start to the season, hasn’t been at that imperious level since then – resulting in speculation mounting over his future.
The Latest: Contract offer already drawn up
Foot Mercato, bringing an emphatic claim, believe talks are already well underway between PSG and Aurier’s representatives – so much so that a four-year contract has been drawn up with a wage offer of around £6 million (£125,000-per-week).
As well as this, talks with Tottenham are said to be ‘initiated’ despite the lack of a real bid – with chairman Daniel Levy now setting the asking price at around €12 million (£10.3 million).
Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is also believed to be in favour of the right-back’s return to Parc des Princes nearly four years after he swapped the French capital for north London.
The Verdict: Aurier make way…
Aurier has just one year left on his Lilywhites contract and Tottenham need to adopt a sell-to-buy policy this summer, making him one of the prime candidates to be sold.
Even though £10.3m seems like a disappointing price for a player with 66 international caps at 28-years-old, this market marred by coronavirus means bumper sales will be made that bit more difficult.
Finding a buyer willing to spend big on Aurier would prove a tough task given his contract situation, and we believe that Spurs need to sell him and bump up Tottenham’s transfer kitty for their next manager – regardless of the price.
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