Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a boost at the expense of Bayern Munich in the race to sign Max Aarons from Norwich City this summer, according to reports.
Serge Aurier could leave north London with two years remaining on his current contract, which would leave Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho short of options at right-back.
While the Spurs boss does not have a bottomless pit of cash at his disposal, he will have money to spend in the summer.
Spurs have been pursuing Aarons for several months, although they appeared to suffer a setback after Bayern Munich emerged as shock contenders. However, according to German magazine Kicker, as per @TranSPURS, Aarons is expected to reject the Bundesliga champions as he would prefer to stay in the Premier League.
The 20-year-old has emerged with his reputation intact despite the Canaries’ relegation from the English top flight.
The five-cap England under-21 international defender is eager to remain in his homeland after attracting attention from a number of potential suitors in a blow for Bayern, who were prepared to offer him the chance to compete with Hans-Dieter Flick’s first-choice right-back Benjamin Pavard.
Sources told ESPN that Mourinho likes the Englishman and is willing to give him the opportunity to prove himself in north London. Daniel Farke’s side are still demanding £30m for their academy graduate, although Spurs are ready to resume their charm offensive in the summer.
Although Aurier has received a higher WhoScored rating than Aarons this season, his conduct has come under intense scrutiny since the Premier League restart, and the Canaries star has averaged more blocks per game and drawn more fouls.
If the Ivorian leaves north London, Aarons is surely the ideal replacement. Given his young age, he still has plenty of time to develop as a player, and he could turn out to be a shrewd investment in the future if he is allowed to test himself on a regular basis. Even in the event that a transfer doesn’t work out as planned, he could still be a valuable asset if Spurs were to subsequently sell him on.
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