It was reported a few weeks ago that Manchetter United had agreed terms with Serge Aurier. The Ivorian right back does not have a future at PSG, and everything indicated he would join the Old Trafford side in the coming weeks, However, negotiations have stalled and right now there is not a lot of clarity regarding his future.
To make matters a bit more complicated, Tottenham Hotspur also entered the race to sign Aurier. In fact, the Spurs are now considered the favourites to land him at 2/1. United are a bit behind at 5/2, clearly over other teams such as Inter Milan (8/1) and Chelsea (20/1). As such, it wouldn’t be shocking if Aurier ends up playing for Tottenham before the transfer window closes.
The big question here for United is quite simple. Is Aurier worth the trouble? Is he worth getting into a bidding war? Let’s analyse.
A Player With Red Flags
First of all, Aurier might be a talented player but there are a few concerns around him. And not on the football-side of things because his game could easily adapt to the English Premier League. His biggest problems are outside the pitch, because he has been linked with a number of controversial situations over the past year.
Who can forget the time Aurier was suspended by PSG for insulting his teammates and the coaching staff? Or maybe that one time where he allegedly assaulted a policeman in France? That last incident was enough to deny him the entrance to the UK for a PSG match in the UEFA Champions League last season. And in fact, there is talk about Aurier not likely to receive a work permit in case he signs with either United or Tottenham.
So yes, he is a talented player. But he needs to be kept in check, or he might lose the composure. And no one wants that to happen, especially if he becomes a United player.
United Have Depth On The Position
We have discussed the depth United has on defence, and one of the spots that’s better covered is the right-back role.
Currently United have Antonio Valencia as the starter, but he is far from the only option. Matteo Darmian might operate as a left back now, but his natural role is on the right flank. And both Daley Blind and Phil Jones are good enough to play there, although in a limited capacity.
Aurier could be considered a first-choice RB if he arrives. Or at the very least, he would give Valencia a run for his money to determine who would start. But it’s no like United REALLY need him.
What Should They Do?
Adding a talented player should always be the idea. But if we consider the lack of a need for him, his off-field problems, and the fact that Tottenham’s presence will likely increase the price tag on him, then the smart move would be to walk away. Let the Spurs deal with him, and let’s see if United can use the money on a player they need more.