Spurs could soon make Serge Aurier their third signing of the summer, reports ESPN.
The right-back is on his way out of Paris Saint-Germain having fallen out of favour with Unai Emery last season and could cost as little as €25 million.
The 24-year-old is expected to sign a five-year contract to follow Davinson Sanchez and Paulo Gazzaniga through the doors. However, while Spurs look likely to get their man, a deal is far from complete.
Why is it taking so long?
Aurier cannot yet sign for a British club because he is banned from entering the UK due to a conviction for assaulting a police officer last year. For the move to go ahead, he needs to provide proof that he has won his appeal.
Do Spurs definitely need a right-back?
Kyle Walker’s departure for Manchester City has left Mauricio Pochettino with a dilemma. While Kieran Trippier was often preferred towards the end of last season anyway, and youngster Kyle Walker-Peters impressed on debut against Newcastle, he could do with a more established right-back. Trippier failed to make much of a statement against Chelsea; Spurs were set up to allow him to bomb forward, and yet his crosses were largely ineffective. Pochettino is reluctant to plunge Walker-Peters in at the deep end and wants to introduce him into the first team slowly. The other alternative is to experiment with Eric Dier or Moussa Sissoko as a wing-back.
Why are some fans against signing Aurier?
The defender has a controversial past and his recent conviction is just one strand of it. Part of the reason PSG are so happy to let him go is because of his homophobic comments against former manager Laurent Blanc on social media last year.
Are other Premier League clubs interested?
It’s unclear whether the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United are genuinely monitoring the Ivory Coast international, or whether his camp have been leaking these rumours to the French press to garner interest and push the price up.
Spurs are also set to beat PSG to the signing of defender Juan Foyth from Estudiantes.
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