Report: Chelsea tried to hijack Tottenham's £23m Aurier move, Levy's genius clause blocked Blues

Paris Saint-Germain's Ivorian defender Serge Aurier takes part in a training session at the Camp des Loges in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, near Paris, on August 18, 2017.

Chelsea tried to hijack Tottenham's move for Serge Aurier.

Paris Saint-Germain's Ivorian defender Serge Aurier takes part in a training session at the Camp des Loges in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, near Paris, on August 18, 2017.

Chelsea failed in a last ditch bid to hijack Tottenham Hotspur's bid for Serge Aurier, according to The Mail.

Aurier clinched a move from Spurs to PSG yesterday after a protracted wait to get his work permit approved.

The Blues made an approach for PSG after being snubbed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but Tottenham were prepared for other clubs attempting to steal in.

Daniel Levy, Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on August 27, 2016 in London, England.

The Mail reported that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had PSG sign an 'exclusivity clause' after agreeing a £23 million fee, which prevented the French champions from negotiating with any other clubs.

This meant Chelsea's attempts to sign the right-back were futile, as they were effectively locked out of negotiating for the Ivory Coast international.

Ivory Coast's Serge Aurier controls the ball  during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying football match between Ivory Coast and Guinea at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake, on June 10,...

Tottenham chairman Levy picks up his fair share of flak for doing business late in the window, and that is justified. But this clause shows at the same time how smart he can be when he finally decides to make his move

Spurs signed Aurier for less than half the price they received from Manchester City for Kyle Walker.

If he can re-discover his best performances in France then they may even have upgraded at the position.

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