Ricky Massara played down the rumours to the Ivory Coast international however with all reports pointing towards AC Milan prioritising a deal for the Tottenham Hotspur full-back Serger Aurier, let us take a look at the pros and the cons of this signing;
Pros and Cons
At 27 (28 in December), the full-back has multiple years ahead and can certainly allow Milan time to see how it goes, and if in 1 or 2 seasons it isn’t a fit, there is still some time to try and sell and get back what is needed to balance the sheets.
With Champions League football and over 42 appearances in all competitions over the last few seasons, the player should have no problem adjusting to immediate game time and jumping right into the league for Milan.
Aurier is a powerful player. He has a great physique and should be able to power up and down Milan’s right side offering forward movement, and defensive cover. With 1 assist every 5 games, there is a lot to be improved, especially as Tottenham have a top attacking output. If Harry Kane or Son couldn’t finish chances, even if Ibra is another beast entirely, it is hard to see much changing here.
What do Tottenham fans say?
After looking at forums and general comments on the upcoming transfer, the following comments stick out;
“Watching him on the pitch his positioning is awful AND also he makes far too many mistakes” — MouraThat
“£12m is far too low. Absolute nothing players cost more than that. £17–18m would be a more appropriate sum considering his CL experience. Aurier is still clumsy but he has improved a lot in the 3 seasons he’s been here. I was trying to see how many times he got sent off this season and was shocked to see he was only booked in three games although one of which led to the second yellow and sending off. The match he missed because of that red card was the mauling at Brighton where their young wide forward tore our right side apart “— Toothy
“Aurier might be world class next season he’s had two managers and off field issues give him time “— Sammyspurs
“His numbers under Jose are fantastic. Played 42 games - second most in the team.2.8 tackles per game. 1.4 Interceptions per game. 2.1 Aerial Duels per game. 5 recoveries per game. In 36 starts, he´s got 2 goals and 7 assists, - a goal or assist in every 4 games, which is great for a RB. The only reason he´s leaving is his contract - only two years left, so Levy will try to make a profit on him.He´d be perfect for Italy and Serie A and I hope we don´t sell him for less than 20m (pounds).” - Ciro
Is Aurier the right signing for Milan? Personally I do not believe so. With a track record and fans comments consistently pointing towards a failed player in Tottenham, with a poor final ball and also questionable passing, I don’t think this is the answer for the squad.
For Milan, the fees reported are between 15–25 million Euros which frankly speaking is a huge fee for our club.
Maldini has made some very smart signings, but for me, this isn’t the best option. If he joins, I hope he does well, but in general, I hope we look elsewhere.