Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the signing of right-back Serge Aurier from PSG.
The north London club are said to have paid £23 million for the 24-year-old’s services on a five-year deal.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 31, 2017
Serge Aurier in @SpursOfficial – £23m fee, five year deal.
— Jim White (@JimWhite) August 31, 2017
Aurier began his career at Lens before moving onto Toulouse and eventually PSG on a permanent deal following a successful loan spell. The defender, who has made 39 international appearances for the Ivory Coast, last term contributed to the Parisians winning the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue as well as playing a major role in the early part of the club’s Champions League campaign, which included one assist against Arsenal in the group stage.
He is now the obvious successor to Kyle Walker, who this summer secured a big money move to Manchester City. While the impact of Walker’s departure may be significant in the short-term the hope is that Aurier can transfer his fine form in France to a higher level in England.
Having so much international and Champions League level experience should stand to the young defender in this regard, however, and Mauricio Pochettino clearly has a role in mind for the ex-Lens youth player.
Quoted on Tottenham’s official club website, Aurier had this to say on the move:
“This is a huge and exciting opportunity at a massive football club and I am determined to prove myself as a professional both on and off the pitch. This is a fresh start for me and I will do everything to make the Spurs fanbase, which is huge and diverse, proud of me.
“The fans are the most important people at any club and I am looking forward to showing them and everyone at Spurs the real Serge Aurier.”
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena