Manchester United might have to stump up more in the form of transfer fees to sign PSG defender Serge Aurier. The right back has been subjected to interest from United and Tottenham. The 24-year-old has been viewed as an attractive proposition as his valuation was only around €20 million – a bargain in this current transfer market. Yet, this transfer fee has now increased to €30 million, as PSG seem intent on balancing the books, according to France Football.
The French outfit have been able to complete the capture of Neymar from Barcelona, and they will be spending around €500 million on this deal over the next five years. It puts a severe strain on the club’s inability to meet UEFA’s FFP regulations. PSG need to sell – and raise a lot of money doing so – in order to meet the regulations, and one of the candidates to sell has been Aurier. Since the arrival of Dani Alves on a free transfer from Juventus, Aurier has been surplus to requirements.
Yet, it remains to be seen if United will react to the new transfer fee and pull out of negotiations. The Red Devils have already spent more than £150 million on several new players including Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic. While the club’s deep pockets certainly makes it possible to sign Aurier, the substantial addition in terms of transfer fees may prove to be a stumbling block. If Aurier does come to Old Trafford, he will initially be acting as the backup to Antonio Valencia, who has 12 months left on his contract.