Jose Mourinho looks set to turn to Paris Saint-Germain right-back Thomas Meunier to solve his defensive woes, with the Belgian’s contract expiring this summer.
According to French outlet L’Equipe, Tottenham have “intensified negotiations” with the player’s representatives in recent days over swapping Paris for north London at the expiration of his current deal this summer.
The report also suggests the 28-year-old would rather sign a new deal to stay at PSG, but he isn’t favoured by manager Thomas Tuchel. In fact, the club will look to sign a new right-back this summer.
Meunier wouldn’t be the first right-back Spurs have bought from the French side. Serge Aurier joined Tottenham from PSG in 2017 after Kyle Walker left to join Manchester City.
Since then, Kieran Tripper departed to Atletico Madrid last summer, and Kyle Walker-Peters is currently on a loan spell at Southampton, leaving Mourinho short of options.
Opinion – Will Meunier solve all the problems?
Although the Belgian is a very solid option to have at right-back, his attacking qualities to act as a modern wing-back getting up and down the pitch could do with some improvement. In his 16 Ligue 1 games this season, he has registered just one assist (transfermarkt).
According to football.london, Tottenham are still in the race to sign Norwich City’s Max Aarons.
The young Englishman certainly has the ability to slot right into the system Mourinho has played with Spurs, getting high up the pitch and acting as an extra winger.
The Canaries will not want to part ways with their most exciting prospect, especially if they are to play Premier League football again next season, so a move for Aarons won’t be cheap.
It is believed PSG’s Thomas Meunier is viewed by Tottenham as a cheaper alternative to Aarons, and would provide much-needed depth in the right-back area.
Could we see both Meunier and Aarons play for Spurs next season? For this to happen, Mourinho may need to open the exit door to Kyle Walker-Peters and possibly even Serge Aurier, which would see his options for the position undergo complete transformation.
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