Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing up signing a right-back before they let Serge Aurier go, according to the Guardian.
AC Milan have now made contact over Aurier, but Tottenham do not want to sell him before they have brought in a replacement.
Aurier is currently Tottenham’s only real option at right-back, which means letting him go would simply be too much of a risk.
Although Japhet Tanganga and Juan Foyth are capable of playing on the right hand side of defence, neither are natural in the role.
Tottenham would still be open to selling £23 million-rated Aurier (Daily Mail), who hasn’t fully convinced, but they need to find a new right-back before doing so.
Mourinho doesn’t want to leave his options too short in the position, which seems like a sensible strategy, as Spurs build for next term.
For the plan to work Tottenham will surely need the right-back to be signed sooner rather than later, to make sure he is fully up to speed ahead of the new campaign.
Tottenham haven’t proven to be the most efficient side at getting deals over the line, so ensuring that a new right-back is in the building before letting their current first-choice go looks a wise option.
If Aurier was to leave Tottenham it is unlikely that many supporters would find the move too upsetting.
Aurier has played regularly for Mourinho and has shown flashes of quality, but he remains very unreliable defensively – and if Tottenham are to kick on he may need upgrading.
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