Report: Rivals set to gatecrash bidding for Arsenal target Aurier

Serge Aurier

It appears that Arsenal may have some late rivals for the services of Ivory Coast starlet Serge Aurier.

Just hours after Arsenal were reported to have agreed terms with young defender Serge Aurier over a transfer, comes the news that other clubs are about to enter the bidding for the 21-year-old.

French paper L'Equipe are reporting that there are more than one Premier League team sniffing around Toulouse right back Aurier, with his superb World Cup performances attracting a lot of attention.

Newly promoted Queens Park Rangers and Welsh outfit Swansea City are both circling the youngster, and are about to enter the bidding for a player long linked to the Gunners as a replacement for Bacary Sagna.

Despite several media sources reporting that Arsenal have agreed a deal with the player, it is possible that Toulouse themselves could be disclosing news of who else may be interested in their man, in order to up the stakes when it comes to negotiating a transfer fee with Arsenal.

Though there have been plenty of hints that Aurier is set for a move to the Emirates, as ever with transfers, it is never a certainty until the contract is signed. With the Ivorian halfway across the world it is somewhat harder to have an idea who else may be courting him, and as he is already emerging as one of the defensive stars of Brazil 2014, Arsene Wenger should make haste to ensure he doesn't have any other European giants to contest with.

Wenger may confident of winning out over QPR and Swansea, but if one of the big Spanish teams take a sudden interest, accompanied by a hefty transfer fee, it may be a different kettle of fish. 

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