Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier has constantly been linked with a move to Arsenal for the majority of the last two years. The 21-year-old right-back has been earmarked as the natural successor to French defender, Bacary Sagna, with the French international reportedly close to leaving on a free this summer. And now the mind games from Toulouse have begun, with Toulouse FC president Olivier Sadran announcing that Aurier would not be allowed to leave the club.
As the president of Toulouse FC, it is Sadran’s job to try and protect his assets and his club, and this could just be a ploy as the club get the best possible deal for their player.
It would be very naïve if Toulouse were to announce that the player was set to leave. Sadran was quick to remind everyone that the Ivorian is contracted to the club until 2018 and added that the defender is not on the market. Claiming his departure “is not official, neither planned or on the agenda.”
It is clear from the words of Sadran that it is not going to be easy to convince Toulouse to part with their excellent defender, but that does not mean that it is an impossible task.
When you look at previous defenders that have left Ligue 1 you can get the idea of the sort of price Toulouse would accept. Mathieu Debuchy moved from Lille to Newcastle for £5.5 million in the winter of 2013 with 18 months left on his contract. With two years left on his contract at Marseille, Cesar Azpilicueta left for Chelsea for £7million in 2012.
The history should determine that Serge Aurier with four years left on his contract should command a fee of over £10 million pounds, perhaps towards the €15million range.
This is all before the right-back goes to the World Cup in Brazil to represent the Ivory Coast in the World Cup. In a group along with Colombia, Greece and Japan, Aurier will have the chance to impress on the world stage. A good World Cup will go a long way in helping Olivier Sadran get the best price for Toulouse.