Didier Drogba says that his Ivory Coast team-mate Serge Aurier has the capacity to step up seamlessly to the Premier League if and when a mooted transfer takes place.

The Toulouse right-back has been linked persistently to Arsenal, who are searching for reinforcements after Bacary Sagna completed a move to Manchester City, and enhanced his prospects with a decisive performance in the 2-1 win over Japan.

Aurier produced two crosses within three second-half minutes to turn the Group E match on its head, his flat, accurate deliveries met by headers from Wilfried Bony and Gervinho. It was an impact that prompted Drogba, who was introduced as a substitute with his side a goal down, to predict a continued rise for the 21-year-old.

“Serge brought us energy and balance and he had a fantastic game,” Drogba told Fifa.com. “He’s the best right-back in all of France. I think he’ll do well at the next level too, in the Premier League.”