Serge Aries’s transfer from Paris Saint-Germain to Tottenham Hotspur has been confirmed.
The Ivorian joins Tottenham for £23 million ($US30 million), according to widespread reports, and brings a reputation for tough tackles, physical prowess, and key passes.
“This is a huge and exciting opportunity at a massive football club and I am determined to prove myself as a professional both on and off the pitch,” Aurier said in a statement on the club’s official website.
“The fans are the most important people at any club and I am looking forward to showing them and everyone at Spurs the real Serge Aurier.”
Aurier agreed personal terms and passed a medical examination last week, according to Sky Sports, but the 24-year-old was made to sweat on the deal after he was convicted of assaulting a police officer in France last year.
He was handed a two-month suspended prison sentence for elbowing the officer during an incident at a Paris nightclub in May 2016.
The conviction prevented the defender from travelling to England for a Champions League match against Arsenal last season, as the Home Office refused to grant the 24-year-old a Visa.
There were fears the Home Office would uphold this ban and block his Tottenham transfer, but at the eleventh hour, French courts downgraded his jail sentence to a fine, according to a number of reports. The Home Office has since granted his work permit application.
The Home Office did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
The nightclub incident was not Aurier’s first brush with controversy. Prior to his 2016 conviction, he disrupted the PSG dressing-room by calling then-manager Laurent Blanc a “faggot.” Blanc called Aurier’s comments “pitiful” and suspended the player.
Aurier is the second major Spurs signing this summer after Davinson Sánchez transferred from Ajax for a fee of up to £42 million last week.
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