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Paris Saint-Germain complete Serge Aurier signing

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Toulouse defender Serge Aurier has completed his £8 million move to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Arsenal

The Ivory Coast international had been heavily linked with Arsenal as the long-term replacement for Bacary Sagna. But, Arsene Wenger appeared to prefer Mathieu Debuchy for the right back slot at the Emirates and Aurier will be staying in Ligue 1.

Deal

PSG have agreed a fee with Toulouse, thought to be in the region of £8 million for Aurier, who was one of the standout performers for the Ivory Coast at the World Cup.

With Chistophe Jallet set to leave the Ligue 1 champions, Laurent Blanc was keen to add a new defender to their squad to fight it out with Gregory van der Wiel for the position of right-back.

A lot of rumours suggested PSG would create a whole Brazilian defence by purchasing Dani Alves from Spanish giants Barcelona but nothing seemed to materialised between the two clubs.

Quality

Aurier shone in World Cup group stages and impressed in the 2-1 win over Japan as he set up both of his side's goals. He is a very energetic, physical right-back and although he is only 21-years-old he shows a lot of promise at both attacking and defending. 

His passing and crossing ability will surely come in to good use for the French champions as an alternative way to play, with Cavani and Ibrahimovic whom are both extremely powerful in the air. PSG will make a good signing here, hopefully now the club can go on to shine in the Champions League as well as domestically. 

Managerial change

Speaking of shining in European competitions, there are also rumours this morning in Italy that PSG will replace coach Laurent Blanc with former Juventus boss Antonio Conte due to the style of play Juventus had played over the past few years and his Champions League experience.

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