Ivory Coast international Serge Aurier has joined Tottenham Hotspur on transfer deadline day.
The 24-year-old Paris Saint-Germain right back cost the Premier League runners up a fee reported to be around £23 million. He signed a five-year contract.
Aurier, a two time Ligue 1 winner, will occupy the void left by England right-back Kyle Walker who joined Manchester City earlier in the window for £45 million. He can also play at center-back.
Speaking to the Spurs website, Aurier said:
“This is a huge and exciting opportunity at a massive football club and I am determined to prove myself as a professional both on and off the pitch.”
Questions were raised over the player’s maturity with him having had several run-ins with teammates, coaches and the police in France.
He was also convicted for elbowing a police officer and was given a suspended two-month prison sentence.
“This is a fresh start for me and I will do everything to make the Spurs fanbase, which is huge and diverse, proud of me.”
“The fans are the most important people at any club and I am looking forward to showing them and everyone at Spurs the real Serge Aurier.”
Another major deal completed on transfer deadline day is that of Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who joined Liverpool.
It is believed that Liverpool paid Arsenal £35 million for the former Southampton player’s services who signed a “long-term contract” thought to be a five-year deal.
The 24-year-old England international underwent a medical at England’s St George’s Park training base before taking to Facebook to write about his move.
“After six years, three FA Cup wins and countless incredible memories, the time has come for me to move on from Arsenal,” he wrote.
“I want to publicly thank Arsene, the coaching and club staff and my amazing team mates for all the incredible opportunities I have been given. Thank you so much to you, the fans, who have always had my back – I honestly couldn’t be more grateful.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain becomes Liverpool’s fifth new signing after Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson, and Dominic Solanke.
Guinea midfielder Naby Keita had also agreed to move to Liverpool from RB Leipzig in a reported club-record £48 million deal earlier this week. He will, however, not join the club until next year.
Arsenal has meanwhile revived their interest in Monaco forward Thomas Lemar. The North London club have made a potential British record £90 million bid on transfer deadline day.
The France international is seen as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez whose departure from Arsenal looks imminent.
Manchester City, who had a £50m bid turned down for the player yesterday, has returned to Arsenal with a second bid in the region of £60m.