€25m Man Utd, Arsenal defensive target reveals summer preference

Thomas Meunier TEAMtalk

Reported Manchester United and Arsenal target Thomas Meunier says he would prefer to stay with Paris Saint-Germain, despite his contract running down.

The 27-year-old right-back has just one year to run on his deal at PSG and L’Equipe claimed at the end of April with the French newspaper claiming a €25-30million transfer to Man Utd was ‘likely’ this summer.

More recently the French publication (via Sport Witness) claimed the Belgian ‘dreams’ of playing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Meunier though has put the record straight and told RTBF that his intention is to stay in the French capital.

“I will repeat myself again: my ambition is to stay in Paris. If they want me, that will be even better – we will be hand in hand. If they do not want me, then we will find a solution,” said Meunier.

United are looking for a new right-back after the departure of Antonio Valencia, but they are keen on Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka,although Palace’s £60million valuation could see them switch targets.

According to Sky Sports, United will go after 19-year-old London-born Max Aarons if they fail in a move for Wan-Bissaka.

Meunier, who played 31 times last season in all competitions, scored five goals and provided seven assists from full-back, is also interesting Arsenal.

Last week Meunier suggested he could do the same as Adrien Rabiot and run his contract down in order to leave for free.

“It’s something that could suit me,” Meunier told Le Parisien, when asked about the prospect of leaving in 2020 when his deal expired.

“I don’t think the club would make a lot of money from me, actually. I have a market value, but I’m a defender, I play one game out of three and I’m turning 28.”