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Arsenal face two English rivals in the race to sign Serge Aurier

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Arsenal look as if they could miss out on the signing of Serge Aurier this summer, with speculation on Monday afternoon suggesting that the Toulouse full-back is in talks with two other English clubs.

While initial speculation on Monday appeared to suggest that £7.5 million-rated Aurier had strongly hinted at a potential switch to the Emirates Stadium, The Daily Mail now claim that Arsenal are yet to make contact over the highly-rated 21-year-old, who has entered discussions with other clubs.

The identity of those English clubs are not revealed by the aforementioned source, but one must assume that they are ambitious Premier League outfits to be able to convince the player - who seemed so keen on a move to Arsenal - to talk to them over a potential move.

An up-and-coming star of French football, Aurier - who is set to feature for his native Ivory Coast at this summer's World Cup in Brazil - would appear to be a perfect replacement for Bacary Sagna.

Former Auxerre defender Sagna - Arsenal's first-choice right-back for the last several seasons since moving to England in 2007 - has been a hugely reliable performer for Arsene Wenger's men, yet looks set to join rivals Manchester City with his Gunners contract expiring.

While Aurier does cannot boast anywhere near the same level of experience as Sagna, he has forged a hugely promising reputation at the Stadium Municipal and made 34 appearances for Toulouse last season, aiding his side's cause with six goals.

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