France’s big spenders Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco are also monitoring his situation, alongside Francophiles Newcastle.
Good on the ground and superb in the air, Aurier possesses a leap not seen since Michael Jordan starred in mid-90s film Space Jam. The Ivorian can outjump many a taller man to win the ball in the air, making him a threat at attacking set-pieces and a vital component when defending them.
He’s not just a physical specimen, beating players down the flank with ease thanks to his pace and power, but he also has an intelligence when passing rarely seen in a full-back.
Once he is round the back of a left-back, he takes the time to look up and pick a man rather than aimless direct a cross, which is one of the reasons he has managed to reach six assists in Ligue 1 this season.
Due to his attacking intent, he can be caught out of position defensively, which is a negative in his game at the moment, but something he should learn with experience.
This is one of the reasons he is prone to picking up a yellow card, as he loves a rash tackle in an attempt to make up for a mistake.
With the likes of Drogba up front his ability to provide extra ammunition from outwide could prove vital to the Ivorians as they look to get the better of Colombia, Greece and Japan in the group stages – something they are expecting to do.
If they do make the knockout stages, the varying aspects of their attack will worry whoever they face, especially with the marauding Yaya Toure in the centre.
The Ivory Coast will benefit from Aurier’s attributes in the summer, but will that push up the price for the likes of Arsenal et al? There’s one way to find out…