Mourinho factor decisive as PSG star ‘won over’ by Tottenham switch

Date published: Sunday 26th April 2020 12:58

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A PSG and Belgium defender has been ‘clearly won over’ by Jose Mourinho regarding a summer move to Tottenham, though one hurdle must be overcome before the player can pack his bags.

Right-back Thomas Meunier is the man in question, with the 28-year-old set to be a free agent in the summer.

Spurs have struggled defensively this campaign, with their mark of 40 goals conceded good enough for just joint-tenth best in the Premier League.

The departure of England international Kieran Trippier was intended to give Serge Aurier the chance to prove himself at full-back, though his exuberant style of defending would not appear to be a great match for Mourinho’s style.

Meunier had emerged as a target for Tottenham earlier in the season, with the club reportedly stepping up their efforts earlier this month.

Spurs supremo Daniel Levy is notoriously stringent with the funds allocated to his managers, meaning an approach for free agent-to-be Meunier could be to Levy’s liking.

Now, a report from French publication L’Equipe (via SportWitness) has revealed that Meunier ‘has already held talks with Mourinho over the phone about a move to London.’

The articles notes Mourinho spoke of his ‘desire’ to bring the Belgium international to England, with the Portuguese’s words clearly having a positive effect.

 

The Parisians are yet to offer Meunier a new deal, though the player has not lost all hope that he could yet remain in France.

Should no new contract materialise, Spurs appear to have jumped to the ‘front of the queue,’ though the perennial obstacle of convincing Daniel Levy to sign off on a new player’s acquisition remains a hurdle that must still be overcome.

Meanwhile, Tottenham could be set to gazump Man Utd after have emerging as major suitors to sign a standout Barcelona star.

 

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