Spurs confirmed the move on Twitter, ending a turbulent three-season spell for the Ivorian at the Parc des Princes:
Tottenham Hotspur @SpursOfficial
We are delighted to announce the signing of @Serge_aurier from Paris Saint-Germain. ✍️ #WelcomeAurier https://t.co/VUwvROyUK42017-8-31 11:30:08
A talented right-back, 24-year-old Aurier was embroiled in two controversies during his time with PSG. A bizarre outburst on Periscope aimed at then-manager Laurent Blanc and various team-mates, in which he used a homophobic slur, was followed by an arrest for assaulting a police officer. The latter also caused a visa issue ahead of travelling to the UK to face Arsenal, per Jonathan Johnson on ESPN FC.
The same problem looked as though it may have scuppered this deal. However, the man himself hinted on Wednesday that he had been given permission to make the move:
Serge Aurier @Serge_aurier
He made 22 Ligue 1 appearances in 2016-17 despite competition from Thomas Meunier.
At Spurs, Aurier will hope to make the starting right-back role his own, but he will need to cut out his disciplinary issues if he is to prove his worth.
Mauricio Pochettino has taken a gamble signing Aurier. However, should he be able to get Aurier on the straight and narrow, and get him playing to his potential, the full-back could be a fine acquisition.
He has all the attributes that make for a fine modern full-back. Journalist Matt Spiro believes Tottenham are getting a fine player:
Matt Spiro @mattspiro
Tottenham getting a super player in Serge Aurier. He's made mistakes, done stupid stuff, but strong, fast & tailor-made for PL #THFC #PSG2017-8-30 11:33:01
Defensively adept, he is also excellent carrying the ball forward and delivering into the area.
There is little doubt Aurier has room for improvement both on and off the pitch, but he could thrive away from PSG and prove he was worth signing for Tottenham.