Manchester United target powerful 24-year-old to boost title bid

By Mark Peters IN General,Ligue 1,Premier League,Transfers - 19:45 Jul 22nd 2017

Manchester United served notice of their intent on Thursday night, beating Manchester City in a pre-season friendly in Houston thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford.

Jose Mourinho seems to be building a side that is capable of challenging for the Premier League title next term, but there remain one or two positions in which he is looking to increase his options.

According to reports in the Daily Star, one of those could well be right-back, with Paris Saint-Germain’s Serge Aurier expected to be the subject of a £25m bid from the Red Devils.

SERGE AURIER

The Ivory Coast international is said to have told his current employers that he wants to leave, believing that the signing of Dani Alves will restrict his playing time in the French capital.

Having featured for Lens, Toulouse and PSG across the last eight Ligue 1 campaigns, you could be forgiven for thinking that the 24-year-old is older than he actually is:

Serge Aurier
POS: DEFAGE: 24Y 6M
HEIGHT: 5FT 9INWEIGHT: 11ST 13LB
FL | PSG | 15/1616/17 | PSG | FL
GOALS
CLEAN
SHEETS
GAMES
GAMES
CLEAN
SHEETS
GOALS
4
4
AUG
3
2
1
2
SEP
1
2
3
OCT
1
1
NOV
3
2
1
3
4
DEC
3
3
4
JAN
2
FEB
3
1
MAR
3
1
1
1
APR
4
3
1
MAY
1
2
13
21
TOTAL
22
10

Consequently, his best years as a footballer would still seem to be ahead of him, though involvement in 23 clean sheets in his last 43 top-flight appearances suggests that the powerful full-back is starting from a strong base.

Most Manchester United supporters would agree that Luis Antonio Valencia has done an excellent job in an unfamiliar position, though the Ecuador international hasn’t really faced a great deal of competition for his starting spot:

Serge
Aurier
versus
Antonio Valencia
DEFPOSITIONDEF
24Y 6MAGE31Y 11M
5FT 9INHEIGHT6FT 0IN
11ST 13LBWEIGHT13ST 13LB
 
FL | PSG | | MNU | PL
08/15 - 07/1708/15 - 07/17
42
STARTS
35
3761
MINS
PLAYED
3338
2
GOALS
SCORED
1
H
1
F
1
GOALS
HEAD/FOOT
F
1
5
ASSISTS
6
23
CLEAN
SHEETS
21
30
GOALS
AGAINST
31
125
MINS PER
GOALS A
108
6
TOTAL
1

That would all change with Aurier’s arrival, however, with the two men seemingly interchangeable based on their top-flight records in the last couple of campaigns.

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