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Tottenham holding onto £23m star is an absolute no-brainer given their current situation – opinion

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Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier has shown an instant improvement under Jose Mourinho. (Getty Images)

Tottenham cannot afford to let Serge Aurier leave in the summer

The English transfer window was great for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham. The Argentine made some astute signings in the summer by landing Tanguy Ndombele, Jack Clarke, Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon.

However, Premier League clubs can still sell to their European rivals, and that leaves Spurs in a slight disadvantage.

Players can force themselves out should a top European side come in, and that could take place at Tottenham.

The Daily Mail reports that Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan are interested in Serge Aurier. The Ivorian didn’t play in the 3-1 win over Aston Villa but is keen on leaving Spurs in the summer window.

There weren’t many high-profile exits apart from Kieran Trippier, and Spurs have done well to keep most of their core as the season started. Trippier’s replacement in the team was Kyle Walker-Peters on Saturday evening, but Aurier’s departure would be a major problem.

Tottenham should keep Aurier at least till the winter

Spurs are thin on right-backs after the sale of Trippier and only have Walker-Peters and Aurier to bank upon.

Juan Foyth has also been tried out in that position but the Argentine is out for a while with an ankle injury.

Although Aurier spent a lot of time out injured in the previous campaign, he is a decent cover for Walker-Peters.

The £23m Ivorian might not be the most consistent player in the team, but slotting someone like Eric Dier or Moussa Sissoko in that position could be a huge gamble by Pochettino.

Importantly, Tottenham cannot replace Aurier now. Spurs can only find another right-back in the winter window.

Serge Aurier

Pochettino could also promote someone from the reserves but keeping Aurier until January makes sense.

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Aurier might not be the best right-back in the league but his experience of playing for Spurs counts. Tottenham have some big games coming up and being light in one position would be a risky prospect.