Arsenal fans have heard about supposedly transfers that never came to fruition. They whined and moved on but this transfer rumour of Serge Aurier is not something they can bear with if they miss out especially with the change of fortune in winning laurels.
One cannot forget in a hurry the snail-speed it took Gonzalo Higuain to get to the Emirate stadium and while some still await him there, he has been playing in Italy with Napoli this past year. You cannot also rule out desperate clubs always willing to pounce on with the cash on the next available big performer; case study is the transfer of Willian to Chelsea even after medicals had been done with Tottenham.
Aurier is a 21-year old Toulouse right back available for about £8 million who could be a direct replacement for Bacary Sagna that is headed to Manchester City. With the £100 million bounty available to the manager Arsene Wenger, that should not be a problem. Played at the World Cup for Ivory Coast, his impressive performance where he provided two assist in his first World Cup game have drawn attention and could have served to boost his value. He will get more and more expensive with each passing minute.
Aurier had hinted in the past on his desire to join Arsenal and when asked about it said, “You cannot refuse Arsenal; you can ask any player if he would play for arsenal and I think he will respond positively without hesitation”.
According to French newspaper L’Equipe he has been offered personal terms of a five year deal to earn £60, 000 a week by Arsenal though the list of those that have made enquiry about him are still increasing. The list so far includes QPR, Tottenham, Swansea and Liverpool. These clubs will be waiting to pounce if both clubs will disagree on the transfer fee so the Gunners cannot afford to relax.
With the departure of Sagna, an up-and-down fullback with energy to burn is needed to fill the void. The modern prototype player that is also versatile. Though very good defensively, Sagna lacked delivery and creativity whenever Arsenal is on the offense which seem to be the strongest points of Aurier, and he can play at center back if necessary and as a defensive midfielder too. He’s potent on the offensive end (six goals and six assists from right-back for Toulouse this season) and also contends offensive players well.
While there might be other options available right now, the Gunners should focus all their attention to him. Ivory Coast have reaped the benefits of committing to such a young budding star. Arsenal should do the same. Aurier’s versatility allows the Gunners to get creative when drawing up plays. It also gives them the confidence to allow Aurier to work the ball up the pitch, as he clearly is capable of scoring.
In addition, the young star still has room to grow. He might turn into an even better version of himself in a few years’ time. Even if he doesn’t improve much, the player Arsenal would be getting is still supremely valuable.
It is certainly time for the young right-back to move to the Premier League. He has performed well with Toulouse and can certainly handle the pressures that come with playing in England. He has proved that much during the 2014 World Cup. The defender is a must-have for Arsenal during this transfer window.