Following weeks of hefty speculation over his future, Toulouse and Ivory Coast full-back Serge Aurier has confessed he is after a move to the Premier League, with Tottenham, Arsenal and QPR all linked.
Aurier had previously been identified by Arsene Wenger as Arsenal’s right-back of the future following the departure of Bacary Sagna, with the club revealed to have been in talks over a £7 million deal last month.
The player himself even appeared to hint prior to the World Cup that he was set to join them, but the imminent signing of Newcastle United’s Mathieu Debuchy suggests that the team’s interest has since evaporated.
Nevertheless, Aurier has said that he remains keen on a move to England, while also quashing assertions that the Arsenal link was ever a done deal.
‘I’ve been told that I had already signed with Arsenal. That is not true,’ he told Foot Mercato. ‘All I can say is that the Premier League is the league I enjoy the most.
‘Things are clear. I’ve always given my preference to England. But I’ve not given any sort of agreement to anyone. So I’m free to discuss with any club.’
A self-confessed fan of the Gunners, Aurier’s impressive performances for Ivory Coast at the World Cup duly attracted interest from across Europe, with the 21-year-old going on to note that several teams are after his services.
‘To play in England is a dream, but sometimes, dreams do not come true, he added. ‘So if PSG or Monaco are interested, I can’t neglect them. They should see my people and we’ll see from there. If ever a transfer occurs, I want a club that can guarantee me playing time.’
Having been named to the Ligue 1 team of the season for 2013-14, Aurier has been strongly linked to Tottenham in recent days, with Mauricio Pochettino’s efforts to sign the promising youngster given a potential boost in light of Arsenal’s looming deal for Debuchy.
After proving one of the few successes of his national side’s disappointing summer, he would provide solid competition for the incumbent Kyle Walker in defence, with the club having also been courting Swansea left-back Ben Davies ahead of Pochettino’s first season at White Hart Lane.