Sky Sports have revealed that Serge Aurier’s departure from Tottenham broke down due to disagreements around the 28-year-old’s involvement in the African Cup of Nations in January.
The 28-year-old was previously linked with a return to Paris Saint-Germain but that door has now seemingly closed after the Ligue 1 club’s capture of Achraf Hakimi.
AC Milan have also been credited with an interest in the Ivory Coast international but some sources indicated at the start of the month that the Rossoneri were exploring other alternatives, including Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot.
Sky Sports have now stated that Spurs hope to sell Aurier this summer as Fabio Paratici aims to bring in Nikola Milenkovic, who can play both as a right-back and a centre-back.
The report reveals that negotiations over the Ivory Coast captain’s exit broke down due to his potential appearance in the African Cup of Nations. However, it is not mentioned which club the former PSG defender was close to joining.
Spurs Web Opinion
It might be Tottenham’s inability to strike a deal to sell Aurier that is holding up the club’s pursuit of Tomiyasu/Milenkovic.
One would expect Spurs to let the Ivorian leave on a cut-price deal before the end of the window as the club would not want to risk losing him for free in 12 months.
Have something to tell us about this article?