Unai Emery is pushing for Arsenal to sign Thomas Meunier, but they face competition from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain don’t want to sell for significantly less than €25m.
Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur of Het Laatste Nieuws and VTM Nieuws reports that Meunier is a ‘wanted man’ this summer. Unai Emery is reportedly pushing for Arsenal to sign him, whilst Manchester United also have the right-back on their shortlist.
PSG are keen to sell, but only for the right fee, which they’ve set at around €25m. United may well have the edge if it comes down to the player’s decision, considering Meunier is a childhood fan and has even reportedly attended some of their games this season.
Speaking to the media, Meunier suggested that he was aware of outside interest, but implied he’s happy staying at PSG for as long as possible.
“There have been calls with interested clubs since January,” Meunier said. “All of those clubs are in the top five ranks in their leagues. [Running down my contract if PSG don’t offer me an extension], is something that could suit me.
“I do not think the club would make a lot of money by selling me, actually. I have a market value, but I’m a defender, I play once in three games & I’m turning 28 soon. I told the PSG leaders that I was ready to stay, that I would like it a lot. They did not tell me: ‘We absolutely want to sell you’.
“If the club tells me: ‘Listen, we want to sell you, we need money, there is financial fair play’, and I will not play next year, we will find a solution that will please and satisfy both sides, of course.”
Meunier has split his time between right-back and right-wing-back this season, scoring five goals and assisting seven in 31 appearances. Nonetheless, questions remain over whether Arsenal should be going for a relatively expensive player in a position Hector Bellerin already has nailed down, when fit.