Paris Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier, a transfer target for Tottenham, is expected to leave the club this summer when his contract with Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani expires.
PSG sporting director Leonardo revealed at the weekend that Silva and Cavani, who joined the club in 2012 and 2013 respectively, will leave the Parc des Princes. The Brazilian then added that Meunier, Layvin Kurzawa and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting would likely follow suit, saying it was a ‘real idea’ to allow their contracts to expire.
Cavani (L) and Silva (R) will be PSG’s most high-profile exits / Mark Atkins/Getty Images
It was in an interview with French publication Le Journal di Dimanche that Leonardo confirmed the departures of Silva and Cavani and spoke of a possible exit for the trio.
However, he is confident coach Thomas Tuchel will remain at the club despite the uncertainty surrounding the German’s long-term future.
Meunier’s expected exit would open the door for Tottenham to sign the 28-year-old before 2020/21. 90 Minutes revealed in April that Spurs were eyeing Meunier in their search for a new right-back, and that
Identified as a prime target for the role as manager, Jose Mourinho is unconvinced by Serge Aurier. Doubts also remain about Kyle Walker-Peters as a long-term solution.
Spurs will make a ‘big push’ to sign Meunier and hope his friendship with international teammate Toby Alderweireld, who recommitted his future to the club in December, will convince the player to opt for them. I will help.
Manchester United are also eyeing Menier to add depth at right-back and provide more competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Meunier joined PSG from Club Brugge in 2016 / Quality Sport Images / Getty Images
Meunier joined PSG in 2016 after emerging from Club Brugge and played a key role for Belgium at the European Championship that summer. In the four years since then he has played 128 times for PSG in all competitions, although he has not always been a regular due to injury.
The 2019/20 French season is already over as it was abandoned amid the coronavirus crisis, but Leonardo hopes the current squad will last until the end of the Champions League, which does not resume until August. .
This would require multiple temporary contract extensions that could complicate things.
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