After investing in attacking power this winter and claiming that he won’t be looking to purchase offensive options in the summer, Jose Mourinho has now set his sights on reinforcing Manchester United’s backline.
Despite a second chance being granted to Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young’s ages ensure that the two flanks are still in some doubt. As a result, the Portuguese manager has been looking into the possibility of one such purchase in the form of PSG defender Thomas Meunier.
The right-back has been on United’s radar for quite a while, and now, as per Mirror and several other sources, PSG will sell him for the price of £36 million.
After the Parisians purchased Dani Alves in the summer, the 26-year-old has seen a sharp drop from the pecking order at the Parc De Princes.
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A mere 10 out of his 23 Ligue 1 appearances this season have been from starts, and as of such, the Belgian could certainly benefit from a move to England.
However, he is tied to Paris Saint-Germain by contract until 2020, and the club hopes this will play to their advantage in increasing the asking price for Meunier.
This certainly seems to be having some effect, with Calciomercato claiming that Juventus have opened up talks to make the signing as well, and are willing to match the quoted figure.
If PSG take advantage of this interest and try to raise the price even more, it is certainly the financially better-endowed presence of United that will emerge supreme between the two giants.
But it will all boil down to just how badly Mourinho wishes to sign the player, and whether or not he could prove to be the apt right-back in the current United side.