Aurier still remains a target for the Gunners this summer.
With contract talks between Arsenal and Bacary Sagna at a standstill, the club are having to look to alternatives and have identified Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier, according to the Mirror.
Sagna’s current contract at the Emirates Stadium expires in the summer and despite several discussions between both parties, no new agreement has been reached.
As the Daily Mail reported the Gunners are only prepared to extend the Frenchman’s current deal by two years and on the same £60,000-a-week wages the defender earns currently.
This is some way from the £90,000-a-week that Sagna wants, as well as a £6m signing on fee and as a result of this friction between the two sides, both Galatasaray and Inter Milan are thinking of snapping up the 31-year-old.
It would end a seven year stay for the full-back in north London and would mean manager Arsene Wenger would need to find a replacement quickly, as backup Carl Jenkinson does not look ready to fill the void.
This is where Aurier comes in, as the 21-year-old has been impressing at Toulouse since a switch from Lens in 2012 and has played 71 matches for the Ligue 1 club since.
The Ivory Coast international has seven caps for the nation to date and is quickly earning a strong reputation in France as an attacking, modern full-back.
Aurier breaks forward at every available opportunity and like Sagna is a strong crosser of the ball and likes to dribble past opponents.
Not that the youngster neglects his defensive responsibilities as the Ivorian is also solid in a tackle and can compete well in aerial duels.
Wenger has a strong history of poaching talent from France and it’s thought that at £6m Aurier fits the bill financially as well.
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