Serge Aurier has completed his loan move to Paris St Germain from Toulouse, with the Parisian club holding an option to buy the player in 2015, according to The Daily Mail.
This move will surely come as a blow to a host of English clubs such as Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers, who tracked the defender earnestly after his impressive performances for Ivory Coast at the World Cup.
Arsenal were another club who registered an interest in the full back, however, since the World Cup, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has moved to sign full back’s Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers from Newcastle and Southampton respectively.
Dream come true
The Ivorian had this to say on his move to PSG: "To play with PSG's exceptional players is a dream I'll give my best to help the team reach the top."
PSG club president Nasser Al-Khelafi also had plenty to say on Aurier’s move.
He told reporters: "Aurier, a great hope of world football who was courted by leading clubs, has chosen PSG to assert himself on the European scene. We are particularly pleased to welcome this young player."
Sticking with French football
Aurier’s move to PSG continues the Ivory Coast international’s relationship with French football, a relationship that began with Lens, where he made 40 appearances between 2009 and 2012. It was in 2012 that Aurier made the move to Toulouse, where between 2012 and 2014 he made 71 appearances, scoring eight goals.
While Wenger and Arsenal made overtures prior to the World Cup – with footage from an Arsenal fan reportedly claiming that Aurier was set to move to the London club – it was at the World Cup that Aurier really caught the eye, with his blockbuster performances from right back the highlight of an admittedly poor Ivory Coast team that failed to make it past the group stage of the World Cup for the third time in a row.
Ivory Coast highlights
Aurier proved one of the very few highlights in a dismal Ivory Coast team, with his two assists helping Ivory Coast to come from behind against a resilient Japan team. With the move to PSG, Aurier is now set to showcase his defensive and attacking prowess in the Champions League.
The capture of Aurier is not the only purchase that PSG manager Laurent Blanc has made in this summer transfer window, with Brazil international David Luiz another new arrival at the Parc Des Princes.
With reports constantly linking striker Edison Cavani with a move away from Paris and still a sizeable chunk of the transfer window to go, as well as yet another attempt at claiming an elusive Champions League trophy, it appears that PSG’s dealings in the transfer window appear far from finished, in both the departures and arrivals department.