With the transfer window for Premier League sides now slammed shut, some teams will be anticipating bids from European clubs for players, and one of these sides could be Tottenham.
According to the Daily Mail, AC Milan and PSG are both interested in Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier, who is reportedly eager to leave the north London club this summer.
The defender has not enjoyed the best of times under Mauricio Pochettino since his move to Spurs in the summer of 2017, making just 41 appearances in total for the Premier League side and being on the receiving end of criticism from the likes of Rio Ferdinand, who labelled the defender “rash” and claimed Aurier “let his team down far too often” following Tottenham’s Champions League exit to Juventus last season.
As well as criticism from some of the game’s most vocal pundits, Aurier’s injury problems have seen the Ivory Coast international miss 24 games for Spurs as injury records from Transfermarkt show, with the right-back yet to return to full fitness from a recent hand injury.
With a history of inconsistent performances as well as a poor injury record, selling Aurier might seem like a smart idea for Spurs with AC Milan and PSG sniffing about, but keeping hold of the defender might be the more sensible option for the club.
Following the sale of Kieran Trippier this summer, Spurs are now left with just Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters as the club’s only natural right-backs, and with another Champions League campaign to compete with this season as well as the usual domestic cup competitions, Pochettino will need depth in the squad.
Although Aurier has painted himself as an unpopular figure in north London, the Ivorian could provide decent cover for the likes of Walker-Peters, who started the opening game of the Premier League season for Spurs.
Aurier might not have lived up to his reported £23 million price tag that Spurs spent on him according to BBC Sport, but Pochettino will be making a mistake leaving the right-back spot bare by allowing the defender to leave.