Manchester City’s need for fresh blood in both full-back positions is no secret. With four senior players over thirty in those roles, it’s inevitable that changes will be made, and reports have stated that this area will be a priority for the club next summer.
Yesterday, Schalke left-back Sead Kolašinac was linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium and now a right-back of the same age is reportedly on the radar.
According to Canal+, PSG right-back Serge Aurier is a serious target for both Manchester City and Manchester United, with the reputable French source going as far as to claim that Pep Guardiola is in contact with the player’s representatives. City have asked to be kept informed about the Ivorian’s situation, with an exit from the French giants quite possible.
With both Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta on the slide, Aurier would be an ideal replacement for either, but comes with baggage, having been caught up in several scandals, including alleged homophobic slurs aimed at former PSG boss Laurent Blanc.
City could face serious competition from neighbours United if they pursue the right-back, with the Red Devils having posted scouts to watch the player during the Ivory Coast’s 0-0 draw against France on Tuesday.
Napoli, Atlético Madrid and even Barcelona have been credited with an interest in Aurier, while PSG would surely love to keep hold of him – but he appears to be a legitimate target for both Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, which could lead to another Battle of Manchester next summer.