Manchester United turn to PSG's Serge Aurier in £25m deal with Monaco playing hardball over Fabinho

Jose Mourinho is looking to bolster his options at right-back and has now turned his attention to the Ivorian international 

Miguel Delaney
Chief Football Writer
Friday 21 July 2017 07:25
The right-back could feasibly be signed for £25m
The right-back could feasibly be signed for £25m

Manchester United have turned their attention to Paris Saint-Germain’s Serge Aurier in their search for a right-back, due to the difficulty of getting a deal done for Monaco’s Fabinho.

The position is one of three that manager Jose Mourinho still wants to enhance this window, along with a top priority defensive midfielder and a winger - although he would also like to sign another striker if the opportunity presents itself.

Fabinho has been United's top target for the right-back position but, in what has become something of a trend of the summer, Monaco have proven exceptionally tough negotiators as they aim to get as much money as possible for the interest in their talented young squad.

Their hand is also strengthened by the fact that Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in the player, potentially raising his price past £40m, although Monaco would prefer to sell to a club outside France.

With a deal proving difficult to finalise, United have already started looking into the possibility of signing 24-year-old Aurier.

Any purchase would not necessarily be dependent on PSG buying Fabinho, since they don’t primarily see him as a right-back.

The Ivorian international would also be cheaper than Fabinho and could feasibly be signed for £25m.

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