Over the past two or three seasons, numerous transfer records have been broken and asking prices have reached an all-time high.
While in many cases the price in question is indicative of the player’s worth, it isn’t uncommon for clubs to just milk as much as they can from a golden situation.
In other cases, enormous transfer fees are merely the result of those release clauses being activated which were thought to be too outrageous in the first place. Now, a Manchester United target has his alleged price tag revealed and it does appear suspiciously low.
As per the Daily Mail, PSG will demand up to £26 million for Thomas Meunier, who has been actively linked with the Red Devils in the past, largely due to his affinity for the English club.
This time around, however, the saga holds greater weight, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and company are actually in the market for a right-back, given Antonio Valencia’s eventual departure come summer.
The 27-year-old is as good a signing as any, and will certainly come for cheaper than some other younger names on the market.
However, what with PSG’s rather thrifty and expensive purchases, one would have expected them to try and balance things out by attaching bigger asking fees for their outgoing talents.
Meunier’s biggest complaint with the French side this season has been lack of game-time. Given the state of United’s backline, a player of his defensive tendencies will be readily welcome, as new arrival Diogo Dalot isn’t up to the challenge of regular starts yet.
Other reports also claim that United aren’t the only English club with the Belgian on their radar, as Arsenal and Chelsea are also believed to be interested in making the signing and bolstering their own flanks.
Will United make the investment and go for the bargain deal, or will more money be spent on a different player?