Manchester United and Barcelona have both been offered the chance to sign Borussia Dortmund right-back Thomas Meunier in recent weeks, reports Fabrizio Romano. Both the clubs are looking to sign new a right-back, but have to finalize the future of their current options first.
Manchester United and Barcelona in Battle for Thomas Meunier Signing
Any Move for Belgian International Will Depend on Two Players
At this point, if either the Red Devils or La Liga side wants to sign the Belgian full-back, they need to finalize the futures of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Sergino Dest. The Englishman is no longer considered an essential part of Erik ten Hag’s squad and is available for transfer.
Romano claims that United are hoping that Crystal Palace, which is the English right-back’s former side, will make a good enough proposal for them to sell him back to them before the end of the summer transfer window. If they are able to sell Wan-Bissaka, then they will have the finances to make a move for Meunier.
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Barcelona, on the other hand, are also trying to sell American right-back Dest to the Red Devils in a bid to upgrade over him. Their own pursuit of the Borussia Dortmund defender will depend on whether or not the Manchester giants make a move for Dest in the summer window.
United and Barcelona’s Polarizing Transfer Windows
The Red Devils and the La Liga side have had quite the polarizing transfer windows so far in the summer. United have only been able to secure three transfers so far, including free signing Christian Eriksen, Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord and Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez.
Barcelona, on the other hand, have had a much better transfer window despite being reportedly over £1 billion in debt. They managed to rope in Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich in one of the best transfers of the summer.
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Moreover, the Blaugrana have also made other quality signings like Jules Kounde from Sevilla, Raphinha from Leeds United as well as free agents Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie.
The two are now seemingly in the race for Meunier, who has quite a history of controversy. In 2018, when he was still playing for PSG, he was booed by his own fans for ‘liking a tweet‘ that praised the support of rival club Marseille. But the 30-year-old is an experienced player, having made 393 appearances in his domestic career – scoring 36 goals and providing 51 assists.