Date published: Sunday 17th May 2020 6:22
Tottenham Hotspur appear to be leading the race for Thomas Meunier, despite claims Manchester United were plotting to snatch him from Jose Mourinho’s grasp.
Meunier is set to be a free agent when his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires at the end of June, and several clubs across Europe are interested in the right-back.
That is a position which Tottenham particularly need to strengthen, as Serge Aurier has not lived up to expectations after Kieran Trippier was sold last summer.
Meunier has been on Mourinho’s radar for some time, and according to Gazzetta Dello Sport (via Sport Witness), Tottenham are ahead of the competition eyeing up a move for the Belgium international.
The Italian newspaper rates Spurs’ chances of getting a deal done for Meunier at 50% – higher than Borussia Dortmund at 30% and Inter and AC Milan at 10% each.
There is no mention of Manchester United, even though it had been suggested that Meunier could secure a dream move to Old Trafford instead.
Chelsea were also said to have joined the race, but likewise, are not mentioned by Gazzetta Dello Sport – while a possibility remains that Meunier could sign a contract renewal at PSG.
The player has reiterated that he would be happy to stay in the French capital, but so far, the club have shown little sign of reciprocating that desire to continue together.
That likely opens a door for Spurs, who are believed to have missed out on another right-back target, Nelson Semedo, to Juventus.
The Barcelona full-back is set to be part of a three-way swap deal with the Italian giants, seemingly putting an end to speculation he could be on his way to the Premier League.
However, given the apparent €50m valuation Barcelona have for Semedo, perhaps Meunier would be a much more shrewd signing as a free agent.