Given how many rumours and pieces of gossip surround Manchester United on a daily basis, it’s sometimes quite difficult to predict their movements, especially during the January transfer window. Most of the talk over the last few months since the summer’s transfer window slammed shut was who might be on their way out of Old Trafford, too; Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian have all been linked with moves away from the North West, with the last two only entering Jose Mourinho’s plans due to defensive injuries to Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly.
Darmian’s career at United certainly seems like it could be over before it began, with the Italian international firmly behind Valencia and even youngster Timothy Fosu-Mensah in the pecking order at right back, and as such, a January return to his homeland, even if on loan, feels plausible.
Of course, where does that leave United? Valencia, for his merits is 31 years old, and perhaps Mourinho might do well to look to the future when it comes to shoring in that role. As reported by Sport Witness, one former international manager has made a case for one of Bailly’s compatriots.
Sabri Lamouchi, former Ivory Coast manager has particularly clear ideas over where Paris Saint Germain’s Serge Aurier could ply his trade, if he wanted to:
“If you were to put him tomorrow in Arsenal’s, Chelsea’s or Manchester United’s team, he would start. An explosive, powerful and quick full-back is exceptional, there aren’t many on the market. He’s not at his best yet, either.”
Aurier who is valued at £12.75m certainly has a reputation for being a talented young player, and at 23, his best years must surely be ahead of him. Of course, the flip side of that is that Aurier has a chequered history when it comes to ill-discipline. Earlier in 2016, he was sent to train with PSG’s reserves after insulting both Angel Di Maria and the club’s then-coach Laurent Blanc, and at present, there’s the spectre of a two-month prison sentence hanging over his head after assaulting a Police officer outside a Paris nightclub.
This sort of controversy will likely not sit well with United’s higher-ups, who value the club’s image and brand very highly given its importance to its ability to make money. Of course, their current manager is no stranger to controversy himself, so if the Portuguese was keen on Aurier, there’s certainly a chance that the Ivorian could find his way to Old Trafford at some stage.