Arsenal have reportedly agreed personal terms with Ivory Coast right-back Serge Aurier ahead of a proposed summer move, according to reports in the Metro.
The Gunners are in the market for a new right-back following Bacary Sagna’s departure to Manchester City and Aurier has emerged as a prime target after his impressive performances in Ligue One.
The report states that the North London club have agreed personal terms with the Toulouse defender and now hope to complete an £8 million deal to bring him to the Emirates Stadium. The FA Cup champions have agreed to sign him on a long-term deal and now only need to agree a fee with the French outfit.
It further states that the Gunners opening offer is £8 million and Wenger is now waiting to hear from the French club as to whether it has been accepted. The defender has agreed the Gunners offer of a five-year contract worth £60,000-a-week and a transfer could now be completed quickly.
The 21 year old has been a shining light for the Ivory Coast at the World Cup so far, providing two assists for both goals in the 2-1 win over Japan in their opening group game, and providing a constant threat against Columbia during his countries loss.
The youngster is a versatile defender who can play both as a right wing back and as a centre-half. He has excelled in both roles, but the wider position is definitely his preferred location, as his determination and tractor like engine helps him burst forward and support attacks. He likes to make regular over lapping runs on the wing and is capable of picking precise though balls or dribbling past opponents.
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He would be the perfect replacement for Sagna as he has a great attacking instinct and a good final delivery, but also possess adequate defensive qualities. His versatility will allow the Gunners to become more creative down the right wing and the young star still has plenty of room to grow. Certainly the defensive side of his game will need some work, but he’s an absolute beast of an athlete and will add some much needed aggression and steel at the back.
It’s unlikely any deal will be completed while he’s still playing at the World Cup, but all the formalities can be tied up now and it is only a matter of time before this one is completed.
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