Chelsea to hijack big-money Tottenham transfer after agreement all but secured - report
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham have all but agreed terms with Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier but Chelsea are ready to hijack the deal, according to a report.
French publication L’Equipe claim the 24-year-old right-back has reached a 95 per cent agreement with Spurs on the terms of a contract.
It is said that once personal terms are settled Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will begin negotiations with PSG over securing Aurier for a fee of around £23million.
L’Equipe report that the north Londoners are in pole position to sign the defender but Chelsea lie in ambush and are prepared to hijack their bitter rivals’ deal.
The reliable French sports newspaper explain that Blues manager Antonio Conte is a big admirer of Aurier and the Premier League champions are “committed” to signing him.
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Spurs boss Mauricio Pochetttino has been chasing the Ivory Coast international as he aims to rebuild his back line following the £50million sale of Kyle Walker to Manchester City.
Aurier has spent the last three seasons at the French giants after initially joining from Toulouse on loan in 2014, before completing a permanent transfer 12 months later.
PSG know they will have to satisfy Financial Fair Play regulations with Uefa after signing Neymar this summer for a world-record £195million.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are to finalise a £45million-valued signing today after terms agreed.