A delay in Arsenal announcing a deal for Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier prompted the idea that Liverpool could move in for the talented defender.
However, rather than the move being about to fall through, Arsenal are working through two main issues, which should be resolved but may not be concluded before the start of the World Cup.
Aurier, an Arsenal fan, is destined for the Emirates Stadium as a replacement for Bacary Sagna and even revealed to fans that he’s close to a move to the club, so what’s the hold up?
“Arsenal have not yet agreed personal terms with the 21-year-old, who is preparing for the World Cup with the Ivory Coast squad.”
The structure of the payments, which will go to Toulouse is something that the Gunners should be able to work out relatively quickly.
Arsenal are in a strong and healthy financial position, with Arsene Wenger sitting on a large pool of cash. What the club can’t do anything about is how quickly Toulouse go about their financial demands in France.
The personal terms is also a tricky one for Arsenal to get done quickly because the player is away preparing for the World Cup.
That’s where the agent and representatives step in to do the negotiating and talks on behalf of Aurier who can’t attend.
That should enable Arsenal to get the deal done before next Thursday but Wenger is well known for not wanting or liking to do business with third parties, preferring to talk to players directly themselves.
The delay certainly doesn’t mean Arsenal aren’t going to sign Aurier, but it may cause Toulouse to play hard ball over the price if he has a blinding World Cup with the Ivory Coast.