Unai Emery is keen to reunite with the PSG star.
The Premier League transfer window is officially open, so it’s time to switch our attention to all the latest gossip doing the rounds. In north London, Arsenal are in the last chance saloon and must win the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League and boost their budget for the summer.
The Gunners are thought to be in the market for a goal-scoring winger, a central midfielder and a defender, but their hunt for new players is complicated by the lack of a new technical director – though that could be about to change with former Gunners midfielder Edu reportedly set to join the club in July.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery is reportedly keen for his club to rival Manchester United for the transfer of Paris Saint-Germain right-back Thomas Meunier.
The Belgium international is available for around €30m this summer and Emery is keen for a reunion with his former player at the Emirates Stadium, according to France Football magazine, as reported by Get French Football News.
Meunier could be an upgrade on the rather injury prone Hector Bellerin at right-back, while Stephan Lichtsteiner is coming towards the end of his contract and seems likely not to be kept on. Hector Bellerin is not expected to return to the field at the start of next season and converted right back Ainsley Maitland Niles at the time doesn’t look comfortable at right back position.
This could be a blow for United, however, with the report noting that he’s also emerged as a target for them in recent times.
A slightly more detailed report from the Mail explained that the Red Devils see the 27-year-old as a cheaper alternative to Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Both the teams require defensive enforcement. Arsenal may have the edge if they win the Europa League final and get into next season’s Champions League – something Man Utd would be unable to offer Meunier. If they fail to win it, then Manchester United’s superior transfer budget may hand them the edge over Arsenal.