Manchester United have been linked with a surprise move for Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier.
The Independent claim that United are targetting the Ivory Coast right back as an alternative to AS Monaco’s Fabinho after finding the French Champions tough negotiators. It is claimed that Aurier would be available for around £25m.
PSG boss Unai Emery has claimed that Aurier has been left out of the club’s pre-season tour of the USA as he wants to leave the club. He has already been replaced by the Ligue 1 club, who have completed the free transfer of Dani Alves from Juventus.
However, there’s something about these reports linking Man Utd with Aurier that don’t quite add up. Fabinho, one of Man Utd’s preferred targets is primarily a central midfielder, who is capable of playing at right back. So why would Aurier be an alternative?
Secondly, as an Ivory Coast international, Aurier would need a work permit to play in the Premier League. The player was denied a visa to play in a Champions League fixture against Arsenal back in November after being handed a suspended two months in prison for assaulting a police officer last September, although this is more likely to be served as community service. There are no guarantees he would be granted a work permit.
And finally, right back is one of the positions that Jose Mourinho is not weak in. Antonio Valencia is undoubtedly first choice right back after a phenomenal season under the Portuguese boss last year. He also has Matteo Darmian as a back up while Dutch youngster Tim Fosu-Mensah has also impressed in the role.
Whether United have a genuine interest in Aurier is yet to be seen. Juventus and Barcelona have also been linked.