Paris Saint Germain right back Serge Aurier has reached an agreement with Manchester United after being given permission to speak to other clubs, according to sources from France.
The Ivorian, who arrived at PSG back in 2015, reportedly expressed a desire to leave the French side following an underwhelming season under Unai Emery.
Emery confirmed earlier this month that the 24-year-old, known for the occasional disciplinary demeanour, was indeed keen on a move away from Ligue 1.
And according to Tom Coast, the defender has agreed personal terms with the club and will now have to see whether he can gain entry into the UK.
On the face of it, Aurier’s addition seems pretty pointless with Antonio Valencia largely indispensable to Jose Mourinho’s set-up, alongside Matteo Darmian and Timothy Fosu-Mensah capable of acting as cover.
But the Portuguese interestingly noted during the latter stages of last season that Valencia, described as “exhausted”, couldn’t play every game, and at the age of 31 you can understand why.
With this in mind, Aurier serves as the ideal kind of player – brutish, devastatingly fast and fiercely competitive – to slip into Valencia’s shoes next year when he needs a rest and indeed eventually becoming Mourinho’s first choice right back.