Aurier Court Date Keeps United Waiting Another Week


Manchester United have agreed a £27m deal with Paris St Germain for Ivory Coast International Serge Aurier, 24, but they will have to wait at least another week before they know whether the right back will be allowed into the United Kingdom, according to the Daily Mirror.

Arrested and subsequently found guilty of elbowing a police officer in Paris last year, Aurier was barred from entering Britain last autumn as PSG faced Arsenal in the Champions League. The French club were outraged when UK Border officials refused Aurier entry due to his conviction, despite an appeal being lodged.

United are concerned that the full back will suffer the same fate if his appeal due to be heard in Paris next week, fails. It would leave the deal dead in the water and Jose Mourinho struggling for alternatives.

Despite the current ban, United will attempt to obtain a work permit for Aurier, and appeal strongly that the fee, salary and previous good character should be taken into account.

Jose Mourinho might be more worried about the impact Aurier will have on his own squad. His list of suspensions includes criticising referees, Angel di Maria, and then-PSG manager, Laurent Blanc. His reunion with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who continues to train at Old Trafford, should be interesting as well…