According to The Daily Star, Serge Aurier’s transfer to Tottenham is all but complete, pending the verdict of the Ivorian’s appeal against convictions of assault against a police officer in 2016.
The incident is one of many that lead to Aurier’s fall from grace at current club PSG, who’s recent transfer business has seen the 24 year old unlikely to find much in the way of game-time at the Parc des Princes.
Having recently emerged as a transfer target for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham, The Daily Star believe that a deal has been agreed, in principle, for Aurier to move to Spurs this Summer, for a fee of £23 million.
The article reiterates the rumour that Aurier has already agreed personal terms with Spurs, as previously reported by French outlet L’Equipe, which also claimed that Tottenham faced competition from Inter Milan, Juventus and Manchester United.
The Star however claims that Tottenham have all but landed their man, subject to the right-back’s appeal verdict after having been convicted of assault following an incident with a police officer in 2016.
It is also understood that both parties are confident that the move will go ahead, despite Spurs gaffer Mauricio Pochettino refusing to comment on the transfer rumour in today’s conference pre-match conference.
“That is rumour,” He said, when quizzed over the status of the transfer. “We cannot confirm nothing until something happens. There are many, many players like always in the media.”
“But you know I can confirm nothing. I never speak about rumour. Always my full respect always to other clubs or players that are in maybe in negotiations with us or other clubs.”
“Like I told you before, I don’t like to speak about rumours.”
On the other hand, the popular Argentine did confirm that further arrivals were on the cards after securing the services of both Ajax’s Davinson Sanchez and Southampton’s Paulo Gazzaniga only very recently.
“We are working hard,” He said. “We are trying to strengthen the squad and to bring in a few players more. From our chairman Daniel [Levy] and Steve [Hitchen] our chief scout we are trying to bring in the right profile.”
“We are working hard, a big effort from the club to strengthen our squad. I think it is so exciting now. We have ahead the Premier League and the Champions League, it’s so exciting. We are going to play against the last Champions League winner in Real Madrid, and Borussia Dortmund and Apoel Nicosia.”
“We are so motivated and the club is excited too to try to strengthen the squad and be more competitive,” He said before adding “I am confident.”
Pochettino was also asked about potential departures from the club, and the manager, now entering his 4th full-term in charge at Spurs, confirmed that certain players will be leaving in the coming days, yet he did not specify as to who.
“Yes, of course,” He told reporters when asked if any players were to be sold. “When something happens, the same. Rumours.”
“But like we need to sign a few players so sure maybe some players need to leave the club for different reasons.”
“It’s true that they need to feel they can play or they want to play more. That is a normal period in every club.”
“I cannot speak about rumours but you can find the names,” He added. “I don’t need to tell the names because I think you know the players that have not played too much over the last season.”
“They want to feel alive and play more. And maybe some clubs can guarantee they can play more next season.”
Finally, Pochettino then stated assuredly that Tottenham are aiming to bring in 3 more players after signing both Sanchez and Gazzaniga.
“I said four players before? Ok, one ‘keeper plus four. Maybe three more.”
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