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Manchester United and Spurs in race to sign Belgian right-back who is free agent this summer – reports

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain right-back Thomas Meunier who is a free agent this summer. The reports state that the Belgian, 28, who has had a contract offer on the table at PSG since the autumn, seemingly not interested in signing it, therefore leaving the Paris club for free.

It is stated that Jose Mourinho, United’s former manager, is likely to pip his former club to the right-back, who is supposedly wanted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However, this all seems a bit pointless being that United will seek to sell Diogo Dalot this summer, who is behind Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the right-back position.

Personally, I feel that Meunier was a target for United when Mourinho was the manager and the media have still continued suggesting that the player is a target, when in actual fact, with Wan-Bissaka’s performances this season, and the fact that Brandon Williams can play on either flank, not to mention the likes of Ethan Laird coming through the U23s.

It is reported that Meunier would like to stay at PSG after his contract aspired at the end of next month, but the fact he has not signed a new contract suggests either that he expects to leave the club and is being nice or that he’s not happy with the contract offer and would like to run the clock down so he can get more of what he wants to stay.

If this happens, despite the report suggesting that Spurs are ahead of United, you can bet your bottom dollar that it will be United the misses out on a player that they do not really need at this moment in time. I mean, Axel Tuanzebe has played as a right-back for some of his career so far with Tim Fosu-Mensah also playing in that position.

The 28-year-old would not fall into Solskjaer’s youth category, which makes this a rumour that carries little weight and I doubt the former striker would change his plans to sign a free agent like Meunier, especially with the youth available to use in this position, which would be a bit part role being that Wan-Bissaka has earned his stripes this season.

This season, before the coronavirus pandemic suspended world football, then France cancelled all sporting events until September, which in turn ended Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 with PSG as the champions once again, Meunier has played a total of 27 times for PSG, scoring one goal and assisting two more. He may well have played his last game for PSG.

The club, however, is still in the UEFA Champions League after beating Borussia Dortmund 3-2 on aggregate in the round of 16 of the competition and with UEFA led competitions set to happen later in the summer, rumoured to be in August. Meunier, if that contract offer is not accepted, could have left he club before then, signing for another.

Still, that being said, it seems to be something that United will have little involvement in as I cannot see why Solskjaer would be interested in another right-back, considering the options at the club at this moment in time. Unless Wan-Bissaka is injured, he will play. United have many rotation options to get them through, so this is a non story for me.

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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