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French giants ready to pounce on long-term Arsenal target Aurier

Serge Aurier

The signing of Debuchy will leave PSG free to pursue Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier.

Mathieu Debuchy’s move from Newcastle United to Arsenal looks all but done, and with the deal close, it all but ends Arsenal's interest in Toulouse and Ivory Coast right-back Serge Aurier. Smelling the blood, French champions Paris Saint-Germain are looking to swoop in and seal a deal for the 21-year-old defender according to French paper L'Equipe.

The Parisians have been looking for a player to challenge Gregory van der Wiel and push for a starting spot for the new season. Aurier ticks all the boxes and already knows the league well from his six years as a professional at RC Lens and Toulouse.

Aurier is a self-confessed Arsenal fan, has tweeted pictures of himself and even confirmed to a fan that he was moving to Arsenal. Obviously Arsene Wenger thought differently.

Newcastle United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are also said to be interested but a move to any of those three brings its own doubts.

Liverpool are more interested in signing a left-back first. Moving to Spurs would certainly rule out a future move to Arsenal in a few years, and any move to Newcastle would only be seen in a chance to use it as a stepping stone. Plus Newcastle might now want to spend £10m on a right-back.

This opened the door for PSG to pounce and sign one of the best young talents in France. Aurier is already good enough to play at that level and would bring defensive stability to a side that also has £50 million defender David Luiz to try and rebuild after the World Cup demolition by Germany.

In Laurent Blanc's 4-3-3 Aurier would be the perfect fit for the Champions. It is a move that makes perfect sense for all parties, impress in the Champions League and in a championship winning season in Paris and you have more clubs desperate to land your signature.

Aurier might be disappointed to have to play a few more seasons in France, but for PSG it is a different level of competition. The pressure to win every week is much higher than at any clubs he has played before and it will be a huge test of his mentality.

Unfortunately, for Aurier that might price him out of a move to his beloved Arsenal.

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