Reports: Tottenham all but agree terms for 24-year-old as Levy in talks to seal deal, but one major hurdle remains
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham have all but agreed personal terms with Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier as they prepare to open talks over a £23million 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 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.
Moreover, the Times report that Aurier will not be allowed into the country to join a Premier League club unless he wins his appeal to quash his conviction for assaulting a police officer outside a Paris nightclub in September last year.
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He was denied entry to the UK in October on the eve of PSG playing Arsenal in the Champions League when border control authorities revoked a visa that had initially been granted.
Tottenham’s pursuit of the player is bedevilled by issues, as L’Equipe report that Blues manager Antonio Conte is a big admirer of Aurier and the Premier League champions are reportedly “committed” to signing him.
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.