Chelsea have received encouragement to sign PSG defender Serge Aurier as according to reports the Ivorian defender has been put up for sale by the Ligue 1 side.
Aurier, 24, is no longer required in Paris according to The Telegraph following the arrival of Dani Alves from Juventus. Though PSG do rate Aurier, the fact they also have another international right-back in Belgium’s Thomas Meunier as well as Alves has meant the French club have decided they will allow Aurier to leave.
Chelsea are now expected to rival Manchester United for the full-back’s signature and it is believed PSG are open to offers. Aurier is rumoured to be valued at around £27 million which in the current market represents fairly good value for a twenty-four year-old with strong experience.
A potential downside for both English clubs is Aurier’s conduct however, as the Ivorian is currently appealing against a two-month prison sentence for assaulting a police officer last year. This is relatively well known in the UK due to Aurier being unable to enter the country for a Champions League tie against Arsenal next year because of that conviction.
If upheld, it is unknown whether Manchester United or Chelsea would remain interested in the defender, though both are desperate for cover in Aurier’s position due to each having only one strong option in the right wing-back area (Antonio Valencia and Victor Moses respectively).