Report: Arsenal finally agree £60k-per-week deal to sign £8m World Cup star

After months of speculation, it appears that Arsenal are finally closing in on a deal to sign Ivory Coast right back Serge Aurier.

The Gunners need to sign a new right back as long-serving Frenchman Bacary Sagna has left the club in order to sign for Premier League rivals Manchester City, leaving manager Arsene Wenger with a huge hole to fill in his defence ahead of the new season.

Whilst a number of names have been linked with moves to North London this summer, the reported number one target has always been Toulouse star Aurier. The 21-year-old, who has also featured at centre back and wing back, has been impressing in Ligue 1 before starring at the World Cup.

Clearly the most talented player in the Ivory Coast defense, Aurier has sometimes struggled positionally in defense but has exhibited outstanding athleticism with both pace and strength, whilst his attacking play has been superb, as his crosses into the box have caused havoc on a number of occasions - particularly against Japan, where Sabri Lamouchi's men scored twice from Aurier deliveries.

Aurier has long been tipped to be Arsenal's first summer signing, but the deal has been dragging on for some time - particularly after rumours of interest from Liverpool started to circulate.

Yet now, according to French media, Arsenal have now agreed personal terms with the Toulouse man ahead of a reported £8m switch to the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners may have to wait until the Ivory Coast are eliminated from the World Cup and Aurier returns to Brazil, but after months of speculation, it seems Arsenal are finally closing in on landing the ideal replacement for City-bound Sagna.

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