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Arsenal transfer news: Unai Emery hijacks Man Utd’s move for Thomas Meunier


Arsenal manager Unai Emery is keen to sign PSG misfit Thomas Meunier (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain full-back Thomas Meunier this summer.

Stephan Lichtsteiner is expected to leave Arsenal in the coming months and Emery is keen to find a replacement for the Swiss in order to provide competition for Hector Bellerin at right-back.

Meunier has dropped down the pecking order at PSG, with Thilo Kehrer and Colin Dagba both preferred by Thomas Tuchel, and the Belgian has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League for some time.

Manchester United are long-term admirers of Meunier – who has supported the Red Devils since childhood – but they could face serious competition in their pursuit of the defender.

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According to France Football, Emery was impressed with Meunier during his time as PSG manager and has added the Belgium international to Arsenal’s shortlist of targets.

Meunier’s potential interest in joining Arsenal may depend on whether or not they qualify for next season’s Champions League.

The report claims that PSG have slapped a €30m (£26.5m) asking price on the former Club Brugge man.

Emery has a close relationship with Meunier from his time as PSG boss (Picture: Getty)

Former Arsenal star Charlie Nicholas has urged Emery to sign Meunier’s PSG team-mate, Adrien Rabiot, this summer.

‘We need a box-to-box style midfield player and a player that can pick a pass too, so it is a matter of bringing in the right ones,’ Nicholas told Sky Sports earlier this month.

‘I think you need to know your system, fit them in and see where it takes you. Adrien Rabiot will be a free-agent and been linked with different clubs, but I would take him.

‘He has the quality and is of decent level, which Arsenal need.

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‘In attack, I like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette but will they win you the Premier League? I think they could.

‘Between them, bearing in mind they haven’t actually played much together, their goal return has been a very good return.

‘Arsenal have been relying on one striker for too long and now they have two so it does give me hope.

‘I would sell Henrik Mkhitaryan and if I got the right money for Alex Iwobi I would sell him too. Denis Suarez has gone, that was a waste of time.’

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