Arsenal yet to make official approach for Toulouse defender Aurier


Arsenal have yet to make an approach for Toulouse defender Serge Aurier but the player remains keen on a move to Emirates Stadium, his agent has confirmed.

Aurier, 21, had been identified by Arsenal’s French-based Gilles Grimandi as a like-for-like replacement for Bacary Sagna whose contract expires at the end of June.

Despite suggesting that he could be on his way to the Emirates after the Ivory Coast’s international friendly win with Bosnia-Herzegovina, Aurier’s agent Stephan Courbis insisted earlier today that there have been no enquiries from Arsenal so far.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has a relatively ‘close’ relationship with Courbis who also happens to be Laurent Koscielny’s representative.

Courbis revealed that two unnamed Premier Leagues have made enquiries for the right-back who started 33 Ligue 1 games for Toulouse last season, scoring six goals and assisting six more.

Ivory Coast international Aurier is set to feature in the World Cup this summer and is regarded as a versatile defender who can fill in at left-back and centre-back – as well as his preferred right-back role.

France’s top two clubs Paris St Germain and Monaco are also interested in Aurier, but the defender is keen to try a different league with offers from Germany, Italy and Spain all likely.

Aurier has a contract with Toulouse until June 2018 and a fee of around £8million has already been touted.


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