Toulouse president Olivier Sadran has told Arsenal they must increase their offer if they are to land in-demand defender Serge Aurier.
The right back has been selected in the Ligue 1 team of the year by French newspaper L’Equipe after an impressive season and has fuelled speculation he could be joining the Gunners after admitting he could not turn down the club. Aurier, who has scored six league goals so far this season, has been high on the list of possible replacements for Bacary Sagna, while Chelsea have also scouted the Ivory Coast international in recent months. Last season’s Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund are also understood to be keen.
Toulouse, though, are loathe to lose their star and recently stated there was no plans for him to leave but now seem prepared to let the player leave – as long as it meets their demands. But then, true to our line of conduct, which is valid for every player, if there is an offer that cannot be refused and the moment is righ, Sadran told Depeche du Midi.
To be precise for Serge, if there is an offer from a club in the top five or ten in Europe, and it’s acceptable, we will not refuse it.