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How Man United hope to overcome Serge Aurier’s UK ban


Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal for their fourth major signing of the summer.

The Mirror report that a £25million deal is in place to bring Serge Aurier to Old Trafford from Paris Saint-Germain, but the transfer is being held up because the defender is currently banned from entering the UK.

PSG encountered a problem when he was unable to play the away leg of their Champions League tie against Arsenal last season following his conviction for assaulting a police offer.

The 24-year-old is mounting an appeal next week, and in the meantime, United will speak to the British government to clarify the situation.

This is not the first time he’s courted controversy, as he found himself in hot water last season for comments made about former manager Laurent Blanc. He also attracted attention with his throat-cutting celebration after scoring for the Ivory Coast against Mali.

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Aurier is set to earn £90,000 a week as he follows Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku, and Nemanja Matic to the Theatre of Dreams.

In order to comply with Financial Fair Play rules, PSG need to sell some players to offset their imminent world record €222million signing of Neymar from Barcelona.

Aurier seems an obvious choice for the axe, as Dani Alves is expected to be the club’s first-choice right back next season.

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