Man Utd behind Spurs in free transfer race for PSG right-back Meunier

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED are behind Tottenham in the race to sign Thomas Meunier on a free transfer, according to reports.The right-back, 28, will become a free agent this summer when his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expires.3 Thomas Meunier is set to become a free agent in the summer with his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expiringCredit: Getty – ContributorAnd it is Jose Mourinho who could get one over his former employers by pipping them to Meunier’s signature.According to Le Parisien, a contract extension has been on the table for the Belgian to sign since the autumn.He said he wants to stay on at the Parc des Princes but is yet to put pen to paper so looks on course to be released.And that could mean he has played his final match for the club he joined from Club Brugge in 2016 and played for 128 times.Ligue 1 was finished early with PSG crowned champions and the Champions League looks set to return in August, by which time Meunier may already have left.MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United newsMeunier will have no shortage of offers from across Europe.But the report suggests it is Spurs who are leading the chase.In April it was revealed Mourinho personally phoned Meunier to try and convince him to move to North London.Meunier would again be replacing Serge Aurier as the first-choice right-back, having done so in Paris.The Ivorian moved to Spurs for £24million in 2017, having lost his regular starting spot with PSG.Latest transfer newsLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipFIT IN HIS BELEArsenal turn attention to Lyon striker Dembele as Lacazette replacementGossipGUNNER MAKE A MOVEArsenal weighing up transfer move for Barcelona star RafinhaBorussia Dortmund may also be in with a chance of snapping up Meunier.The Bundesliga side have benefitted from taking Achraf Hakimi on loan for the past two seasons but Real Madrid may finally decide to give him a chance at the Bernabeu.United like the look of Meunier but having spent £45m on Aaron Wan-Bissaka a year ago, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer certainly has more pressing issues at Old Trafford than bringing in another right-back.33Thomas Meunier shows off his football skills as he practices with PSG teammateslast_img read more

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Firmino injury casts shadow over Liverpool’s five-goal rout

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool’s Sadio Mane celebrates scoring in the rout of Huddersfield © AFP / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 27 – Jurgen Klopp revealed Roberto Firmino has suffered a torn groin muscle after Liverpool powered back to the top of the Premier League with a 5-0 rout of Huddersfield on Friday.Firmino’s injury, sustained in training this week, is bad news for Liverpool as they battle with Manchester City in the title race and prepare to face Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday. Liverpool boss Klopp remains optimistic about the Brazilian forward’s chances of a quick recovery, but the injury update took some of the gloss off an evening which featured Naby Keita scoring after just 15 seconds for the club’s fastest ever Premier League goal.“He trained normally yesterday but after training he had a small tear in a very small muscle,” Klopp said.“Apart from the word ‘tear’ everything is positive but it is Bobby and he might be ready for Wednesday. We don’t know at the moment. Because it’s him, it’s more likely than not.“Of all the bad news you could get, it is pretty much the best (outcome) but it was still bad enough that he could not play tonight.”Despite the relatively benign diagnosis, Klopp can ill afford to enter such a crucial stage of the season without a full compliment of players.With Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah also netting twice, it was a comfortable evening for Liverpool on the pitch as they moved two points above Manchester City, who travel to Burnley on Sunday.The latest victory took Liverpool onto 91 points — enough to have won the league title in 105 of the previous 119 seasons in English football history.Yet with City still having the destiny of the title in their hands, the prospect remains that Liverpool could end the campaign with 97 points and only finish second.“If we can have 97, then let’s go for it, then we will see,” Klopp said.“It’s still history. We said we want to create our own history and these boys are outstanding. That’s the reason we are where we are, now let’s carry on.”– Rampant Reds –Even without Firmino, Liverpool had more than enough to sweep aside relegated Huddersfield, with Salah and Mane becoming the first Premier League strikers this season to reach the 20-goal mark, reaching 21 and 20 goals, respectively.It was Keita who started the rout with the first of those goals as goalkeeper Jonas Lossl played a harmless pass out of the Huddersfield area to Jon Gorenc Stankovic, who was immediately closed down by Keita and robbed of the ball.The midfielder quickly exchanged passes with Salah and advanced into the area before scoring with an accomplished 15-yard finish.On 23 minutes, the lead was predictably doubled as full-back Andy Robertson appeared on the end of a patient move to cross for Mane to split his markers and head in.And, in first-half stoppage-time, Klopp’s side struck again when right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold’s magnificently-weighted pass was met by Salah, who lobbed the ball over the advancing goalkeeper’s head.Mane added a fourth, on 65 minutes, as he headed in impressively, off-balance from six yards, from another excellent cross, this one from Jordan Henderson.A successful evening continued as Klopp was able to bring on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, out for 12 months with knee ligament injury, as a 73rd minute substitute.The England international came close to scoring within minutes and fellow sub Xherdan Shaqiri almost set up a hat-trick for Mane whose header hit the post.Shaqiri also started the move for the 83rd minute fifth goal, finding Robertson whose deadly cross was turned in from point-blank range by Salah.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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