Openly admitting he would like to play for Manchester United one day, Paris Saint-Germain’s Thomas Meunier could have got a move to the Premier League this summer, but it wouldn’t have been to Old Trafford.
According to DH in Belgium, both Tottenham and Chelsea, equally as desperate for a right-back this summer, had the 25-year-old at the top of their ‘list of priorities’, only to be met with a resounding no from the Ligue 1 runners-up.
After all, it was worth a shot, what with the surprise arrival of Dani Alves in the French capital, used as a lovely sweetener to attract a certain Neymar, but it wasn’t to be.
Tottenham, wanting to replace Kyle Walker, sold to Manchester City earlier in the summer, eventually ended up landing a Paris Saint-Germain player in Serge Aurier, while Chelsea, wanting a back-up/rotation/replacement for Victor Moses, finally brought in Davide Zappacosta from Torino on transfer deadline day.
Seen as the long-term option for the role in Paris, Meunier, who wasn’t desperate for a move, is also going to get rewarded for his good first season at the club with a new contract this year.
Set to extend his deal beyond 2020, there are worst consolation prizes, aren’t there?
In the end, both Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte got to strengthen their teams.
It just wasn’t with the man at the top of their list.