Manchester United said to be ‘very close’ to signing Thomas Meunier from Paris Saint-Germain


Manchester United are ‘very close’ to signing Paris Saint-Germain and Belgium right-back Thomas Meunier this summer, at least according to reports in Belgium. It is reported that a number of clubs have made offers for the 27-year-old but he has his heart set on a move to Old Trafford.

United have been linked to Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer but a fee of more than £40 million could see the penny-pinching club move for cheaper alternatives, Meunier being one of them. It is suggested that PSG could want as little as €25 million for the Belgian international.

United have a good prospect at right-back in 20-year-old but ideally, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would like an experienced player for him to learn from. United did have Antonio Valencia (who will leave the club this summer) and Ashley Young – neither being a true right-back, meaning Dalot would not learn much from players who have been converted from wingers.

A player such as Meunier would not block Dalot’s career as much as a player like Wan Bissaka, 21, would. Personally, I would rather United signed Wan-Bissaka but as a supporter of the club, my opinion is of little value. However, I would welcome a true right-back to the club, which would help solve defensive problems, in that area at least, also passing on valuable experience to a player who has great prospects, Dalot.

PSG need to offload players this summer in order to meet Financial Fair Play regulations, Meunier being just one of the players that could leave. United also have an interest in midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who will be a free agent this summer. Solskjaer will need to ensure he gets his team sorted this summer as if the lack of energy, attention, desire and determination carries over into next season, he could be the next managerial sacking at the club.

Obviously, that is not the way to do things as a club the size of United but it is the way they have done things post-Sir Alex Ferguson, sacking David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, none of which were given the money (Moyes), expertise of the transfer market (all of them) or the time to implement their philosophies into the club, which still seemed to be shocked after Ferguson retired. Solskjaer needs to be given time more than ever of this revolving door of managers will continue with lesser known names each time a sacking has been confirmed.

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