It’s unclear if the summer transfer window will open on time, but when it does begin, Tottenham Hotspur are going to need a right back.
Serge Aurier, who has been inconsistent and prone to some ugly errors, is the only natural right back in the senior team. Kieran Trippier was sold to Atletico Madrid last summer, and Kyle Walker-Peters is currently on loan at Southampton.
According to L’Equipe, Thomas Meunier could be brought in to help fix what has been a problematic position for Tottenham in the last few seasons. The French paper claim that Spurs have “intensified negotiations” with Meunier in recent days about a free transfer this summer.
The report also says that Meunier would still prefer to sign a new contract with Paris Saint Germain, but that he isn’t favored by Thomas Tuchel. Apparently, the Parisian side would prefer to buy another right back in the transfer market.
Meunier isn’t some old geezer looking for one last contract. He’s still 28-years-old and should have quite a few years of quality play ahead of him. A free transfer for him seems like a bit of a steal.
Plus, it’s been too long since Spurs signed a Belgian player. The recent history of the club has been so promising partially because of the contributions of other Belgians like Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, and Toby Alderweireld.
If Meunier is going to be allowed to leave PSG, he’ll likely have more suitors than just Tottenham. Free transfers are enticing for obvious reasons, especially when they are for a player with the experience that Meunier has.
He is a player who seems like he would be a good fit for the system that Spurs play, assuming that Jose Mourinho continues to place an attacking emphasis on his fullbacks. Meunier is adept at passing and crossing, but he has faced criticism for some of his defensive work in some of PSG’s bigger games.
If Meunier doesn’t work out, Spurs could opt to sign a younger right back. They have been linked quite a bit to Norwich City’s Max Aarons.