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Serge Aurier losing suitors as potential summer move from PSG drags on

Serge Aurier's departure from Paris Saint-Germain this summer has been slow to develop -- and it seems that has cost him a number of potential suitors.

Le Parisien reported on Monday that the 24-year-old right-back, who made his request for a transfer known before PSG began preseason training in the United States, is unlikely to join three top clubs to which he was once linked.

Juventus have reached their limit on international players, Manchester City moved for a pair of defenders in Kyle Walker and Danilo, and Barcelona added Nelson Semedo from Benfica.

Two clubs still interested, according to the newspaper, are Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur. They are hoping that by waiting, they may be able to secure less than the €25 million price PSG sporting director Antero Henrique has targeted in any potential deal.

One main reason for the delay, according to ESPN FC's PSG correspondent Jonathan Johnson, is because Aurier is appealing a two-month prison sentence for allegedly attacking a police officer last year.

That situation prevented Aurier from entering the UK for PSG's Champions League game against Arsenal last season, and clubs are waiting to see how the appeal is judged before making an offer.

ESPN FC PSG correspondent Jonathan Johnson's take: Aurier's exit would create space on the wage bill that will be needed as PSG attempt to finance a move for Barcelona's Neymar.

PSG still need a fourth-choice central defender and a defensive midfielder. Juan Foyth, on his way from Estudiantes, will take care of the defence. If Henrique is operating on a limited budget, which is likely, a straight swap of Aurier for Inter Milan's Joao Mario makes sense.

Joao Mario would come in as an alternative to Thiago Motta in defensive midfield, while Inter would get a potentially top-class right-back in Aurier.

One other club to watch are Manchester United, but until Aurier's disciplinary situation is cleared up in the next few weeks, none of these clubs are expected to firm up their interest.