Manchester United have been linked with a move for Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier after reportedly scouting the Ivory Coast man in a recent international friendly in France.

The Red Devils scouts watched the right-back in action for Ivory Coast against France in Lens on Tuesday, ahead of a potential bid when the transfer window re-opens in January.

As per reports of Infosport+, Manchester United also face stiff competition for his signature from city rivals Manchester City, Napoli, and Atletico Madrid.

The Portuguese boss is currently stuck with full-back Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and youngster Timothy Fosu-Mensah amongst the back four this season but wants a better replacement once the transfer window reopens.

This comes after Aurier’s current Ivory Coast boss Sabri Lamouchi said he believed that the defender would walk into some of the top teams in the Premier League. He told L’Equipe, “If you were to put him tomorrow in Arsenal’s, Chelsea’s or Manchester United’s team, he would start.

“An explosive, powerful and quick full-back is exceptional, there aren’t many on the market. He’s not at his best yet, either.”

Jose Mourinho believes he can tie up a deal for the PSG man for a reasonable £18 million despite having a contract at the Parc de Princes until the summer of 2019. But it is also reported that City boss Guardiola has already made contact with Aurier’s agent ahead of a potential bid.

The controversial right back has had a strange time in Paris, including a rant video where he insulted his manager Laurent Blanc and that prompted to a one-month suspension. Aurier was also found guilty of assaulting a police officer outside of a Paris nightclub in September, which led him to a two-month prison sentence, although that punishment has been appealed.

However, for all his drawbacks, the PSG man is an impressive player in his position and would certainly add quality to any top squad. Now it remains to seen where he lands up in the next transfer window amidst of all the speculations.

 

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