Arsenal target going nowhere “unless something crazy happens”

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Arsenal target Serge Aurier says he has no intention of leaving Toulouse “unless something crazy happens.”

The Ivory Coast born right-back has impressed for the Ligue 1 side this season and Gunners manager Arsene Wenger was credited with an interest in him during the January transfer window.

However, the 20-year-old’s latest comments suggest Arsenal may have to look elsewhere if, as the report earlier this year suggested, they want to find a replacement for current first choice right-back Bacary Sagna.

"I still have three years left of my contract in Toulouse. I feel great here and I would like to stay,” he told Sport 24.

“I am making progress every day, with a coach (Alain Casanova) who values me. For now, there is no question of leaving – unless something crazy happens.”

The Sport 24 story claims Arsenal are not the only club interested in Aurier; Toulouse’s Ligue 1 rivals Lyon and Marseille are said to be watching him, as well as big spending Monaco.

Aurier is one of a number of names being tipped to replace Sagna at Emirates Stadium as part of a £70million summer overhaul.

The France international’s future has come under question this season after his performances fell below his usually high standards and questions were raised over his long-term fitness.

Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain have been posited as a possible destination for Sagna, should he leave Arsenal, and he refused to publicly rule it out.

The 30-year-old only has a year left on his deal in north London and he is yet to come to an agreement over an extension.

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