Real Madrid are interested in signing former Tottenham flop Serge Aurier, according to reports in Spain.
Aurier is now available as an agent free of charge after his Spurs contract was terminated by mutual consent before the transfer deadline. Nuno Espirito Sante refused to allow him to remain on the books.
After Tottenham couldn’t find any suitable buyers for Aurier on the transfer market, Tottenham released the international from Ivory Coast a year earlier.
According to Sky Sports, Aurier had interest from Watford, Real Betis, Spartak Moscow and Genoa but felt he should be playing at a higher level.
Spanish talk-show El Chiringuito reports that Carlo Ancelotti may sign the 28-year old Aurier.
Real Madrid are currently short of options at right-back after first-choice player Dani Carvajal picked up an injury against Valencia earlier in September.
Ancelotti is looking for a specialist after Nacho, the centre-back, and Fede Valverde (midfielder) have filled in for the 6-1 victory over Mallorca and the 0-0 draw against Villarreal.
Alvaro Odriozola, forward Lucas Vazquez and centre-back Nacho have been loaned to Fiorentina. Vazquez was a right-back player at times last season but has struggled in defense.
Ancelotti is said to be keen on Aurier as he is available, does not charge a transfer fee, and has a lot of experience.
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Aurier made 110 appearances and scored eight goals over four seasons at Spurs and has previously turned out for Lens, Toulouse and Paris Saint-Germain in France.
The defender, who has won 70 caps for the Ivory Coast, was briefly linked with a move to Real’s bitter rivals Barcelona in the summer as part of the deal for Emerson Royal.
However, in the end Tottenham signed the Brazilian for a straight transfer fee of £25m without including aurier in the deal.
Aurier was eventually signed by Moussa sisoko, Danny Rose and Erik Lamela.
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“I have really enjoyed my time at Spurs and would like to thank the club and the fans,” he said in a statement.
“But I feel now is the right time for me to move onto a new challenge.”
Joining Ancelotti’s project in Madrid would certainly represent a new challenge, given Los Blancos are currently top of La Liga and are among the favourites for the Champions League this season.