Will this be Manchester United’s first summer signing?

With news this week that Manchester United could be talking to a powerful Ivory Coast international defender, TFF looks at the suitability and viability of a potential move.

L’Equipe wrote this week that Manchester United are in talks with Serge Aurier about a summer move to the club.

They wrote:

PSG: Serge Aurier imagines Manchester United

The Parisian right-hand side discusses with the leaders of MU. José Mourinho would like to recruit him this summer.

The 24-year-old has already played 39 times for Ivory Coast, despite his relatively tender age, since his debut in 2013.

he showed real promise in his three years at Toulouse between 2012-2015 which attracted the interest of French giants PSG.

But he hasn’t kicked on there as he would have liked and isn’t a nailed on starter for the club. As was well publicized, the player was arrested for assaulting a police officer in Paris in September 2016 and was consequently stopped from entering the UK to play against Arsenal in the Champions League.

There is a sense of a fiery temper but there is definite quality there.

He’s just 5ft 9in but a really powerful and quick player who dominates the wide areas and gets up and down the flanks with apparent ease.

It’s easy to imagine Jose Mourinho – a fan of physically commanding players – liking what he sees with Aurier. He’s a true athlete who never seems to tire.

And with the right back spot an issue at Manchester United TFF expects Jose to invest this summer.

Antonio Valencia and Ashely Young have both been deployed there with some success. But both are wingers by trade. At the other end of the scale, Timothy Fosu-Mensah is a precocious talent but at 19 he may not yet be trusted to carry the first team responsibilities himself.