PSG Transfer News: Latest on Serge Aurier Exit Rumours Amid Spurs Interest

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2017

Paris Saint-Germain's Serge Aurier kicks the ball during the French Cup 2017 Final soccer match, between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Angers at Stade de France in Saint Denis, north of Paris, France, Saturday, May 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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Tottenham Hotspur will learn on Tuesday whether Paris Saint-Germain full-back Serge Aurier will receive a United Kingdom visa, a crucial step in completing his late summer transfer move.

That's according to L'Equipe (via sportswriter Jonathan Johnson):

Jonathan Johnson @Jon_LeGossip

According to L'Equipe, Tottenham Hotspur target Serge Aurier will discover the result of his UK visa application tomorrow. #PSG #Spurs

Aurier has been linked with a Premier League switch throughout the summer, and the speculation started well before then. Spurs are said to be the front-runners for the Ivory Coast international.

As L'Equipe explained (via Annie Eaves of Sport Witness), PSG and Spurs are said to have already agreed to a transfer fee, worth up to €27 million (£25 million) including bonuses. Aurier has also agreed to personal terms with the Premier League club and undertaken a medical in Paris, stemming from his issues entering the UK.

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 27: Serge Aurier of PSG during the French Cup final (Coupe de France) between Paris Saint-Germain and SCO Angers at Stade de France on May 27, 2017 in Saint-Denis near Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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The 24-year-old was denied entry into the country in November for a UEFA Champions League match against Arsenal following allegations of violence toward a police officer in France. Per Sport Witness, he's been appealing ever since, but it remains an issue in regard to obtaining a UK visa.

According to the reports, his full appeal won't be resolved on Tuesday, but Aurier will learn whether his new visa application―which he entered with a document showing he will not go to prison regardless of the result of his appeal―has been approved.

Sport Witness noted the report glossed over the legal issue:

Sport Witness @Sport_Witness

Yeah, whatevs, but can he get a permit?

If the talented defender can not get a work visa, any transfer to the Premier League is off the table. He's likely to stay in the French capital in that case, although a late move to Serie A is also possible, per Eaves.

Aurier's talent has never been questioned, but off-the-field issues have held the speedster back during his career.

Along with the aforementioned allegations, he also made headlines last year when a tape emerged of him insulting both then-manager Laurent Blanc and team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Per Goal, he was forced to train with the reserves as punishment, and his career in the City of Light has never truly recovered.

Paris Saint-Germain's Ivorian defender Serge Aurier reacts during the French Cup final football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Angers (SCO) on May 27, 2017, at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-FRANCOIS MO

Belgium international Thomas Meunier's arrival in 2016 and his surprisingly good form thereafter made a transfer far more likely, although Aurier's legal problems remain a sticking point. At the very least, signing a player accused of violence against police will be perceived as a bad PR move.

But perhaps the 2014 FIFA World Cup breakout star only needs a change of scenery to return to his best form, in which case Spurs could come away with an incredible-value signing.