Arsenal defender target responds to transfer speculation

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Arsenal target Serge Aurier, who has been identified as a potential long-term replacement for Bacary Sagna, claims it would not be ‘too early’ in his career to leave Toulouse for a move abroad during the summer transfer window.

The Gunners are preparing for the potential departure of Sagna at the end of the season with the French full-back’s contract set to expire, and Arsene Wenger is reported to have placed Aurier under consideration as a possible successor.

Sagna has been offered a new deal with Arsenal but his future at the Emirates Stadium remains uncertain at a time when a number of other stars are putting pen to paper on improved contracts with the club.

Aurier, a 21-year-old Ivory Coast international, would cost Arsenal around £6 million were Wenger to decide to pursue a move for the player, who has no fear of leaving his Ligue 1 employers for a club of more prominent standing.

"Moving abroad? I don't think it is too early," Aurier told L'Equipe.

"It is about trust, and reaching a new step, I am not scared to go higher."

Aurier is a versatile player who can feature in any position across the back-line, while he can also play in a more advanced position on the right. This season Aurier has scored an impressive five goals and contributed six assists in Ligue 1.

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