Manchester United have received a boost in their pursuit of Paris Saint Germain full-back Serge Aurier after it was revealed by French media outlet L’Equipe that manager Unai Emery was willing to offload the Ivorian this summer.
PSG need to raise at least €50million in player sales before the transfer window closes to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations after splashing out a world record €222m on Neymar last week. The likes of Grzegorz Krychowiak and Blaise Matuidi will also be given a chance to leave the Parc de Princes this summer.
Jose Mourinho has been an admirer of Aurier for some time and the club, according to reports, have agreed personal terms with the 24-year-old ahead of a potential move.
Antonio Valencia has proven to be an indispensable presence at right back under the Portuguese but will not, at the age of 32, have what it takes to play every game and maintain the same level of intensity, and sharing the load with the bustling, devastatingly quick Ivorian would be the perfect way to prolong the Ecuadorian’s time at Old Trafford.
One potential stumbling block, however, may be Aurier’s current ban from entering the UK. He has been convicted for assaulting a police officer outside a Paris night-club back in September and was denied entry to the UK for PSG’s clash with Arsenal in October as a result. United are expected to make representations to the government, clarifying the exact nature of the defender’s position, before hopefully being granted the license to complete a deal worth £90,000 a week.