Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen to bring in Toulouse full-back Serge Aurier this summer, as he fears being left short if Bacary Sagna decides to depart the club.
According to French newspaper Le 10 Sport Wenger has made Aurier his primary target should his right-back choose not to renew his contract at the Emirates come the end of this season, and the 21-year-old would be more than happy to make the move. Speculation over Sagna’s future has been rife for a number of months now, with many tipping him to move either back to his home nation - where the likes of PSG and Monaco lie in wait - or Italy, where Inter Milan have registered a strong interest.
And now it would seem that Wenger is openly acknowledging that there is a serious possibility that one of his key squad members could leave, as he has reportedly placed Aurier on his transfer short-list. Citing the Daily Star, which values the youngster at £15million, Le 10 claims that the Gunners boss is not confident with the form of Spanish full-back Nacho Monreal, and doesn't believe that he has sufficient cover should he lose the services of Sagna.
Aurier has been in top form this season and, despite the fact that his current club are only ninth in Ligue 1, has been compared to Barcelona’s Dani Alves for his overall prowess.