After weeks of waiting and will he, won’t he, Serge Aurier has finally been given the green light to sign for Tottenham.
Waiting for a work permit that would allow him to ply his trade in England, L’Equipe are reporting on Wednesday that the Ivory Coast international will now sign a five-year deal with Spurs in the coming hours.
As for the fee, the French newspaper state Paris Saint-Germain agreed to sell him to Mauricio Pochettino’s side for €25m, which, in today’s market, is a great deal when fullbacks have been going for £50m+.
Of course, there have been doubts about his personality, but it seems Tottenham are prepared to take the risk on a player who, when on his game, is one of the better wide defenders in Europe.
However, the arrival of Dani Alves at Paris Saint-Germain all but sealed his fate this summer, yet despite the added competition of Thomas Meunier last year, the 24-year-old still managed to make 32 appearances in all competitions, picking up five assists along the way.
A 1pm (France time), the documents hadn’t arrived at PSG, but L’Equipe say Tottenham assured the French club the required paperwork had arrived at their end.