Manchester United face battle from Manchester City and Liverpool in the race for Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier, according to reports
The Ivory Coast international moved to PSG in 2015 from Toulouse and has had a hand in 20 goals in 78 appearances for Parisians so far. In early 2016 Aurier found himself in trouble after a periscope emerged of him insulting Laurent Blanc, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Angel Di Maria.
However, this season the Belgian right-back Thomas Meunier has provided serious competition to Aurier, another frustration for the 24-year-old defender and according to French sports daily Les Parisien.
The Red Devils have been heavily linked with Aurier. Despite Antonio Valencia’s good form this season at United, PSG defender would be installed as a first-choice right-back and Matteo Darmian’s future would be all but over.
And now Les Parisien have reported that Liverpool and Manchester City have entered in the race for Aurier and they are keeping close tabs on his situation in the French capital and if the player decides to leave.
While there’s only one recognised right-back at Liverpool – Nathan Clyne, and adding Aurier, who is capable of playing at any position in defence, makes a lot of sense for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The Citizens, meanwhile, are expected to let the club veterans Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna go at the end of the season and the former Toulouse-man could be an excellent addition for Pep Guardiola’s squad.
The €11.5m-rated (via CIES) versatile defender has made 20 appearances in France’s top flight this season. He has won 28 tackles with a success rate of 50%, has made 24 interceptions, 40 clearances and one block.