Reports: Manchester United pondering big money move for Valencia replacement

Antonio Valencia will be parting ways with Manchester United after a decade full of success. However, the Red Devils now face the tough task of replacing their ever-reliable star during the next transfer window. They have, nevertheless, decided to pursue experienced Paris Saint Germain star for the same. 

According to the Independent, Manchester United are eyeing Paris Saint Germain star Thomas Meunier over a potential summer move. The Belgian full-back has been with the Parisian club since 2014 and has now been identified by the Red Devils as Antonio Valencia’s replacement.

Meunier could move to Old Trafford with relative ease, provided that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer promises him first-team minutes. The Belgian international has been restricted to a bit-part role under current PSG manager Thomas Tuchel and is said to be open to a move.

Moreover, the former Club Brugge star has just over a year left on his contract with a renewal looking unlikely. Meunier himself seemed to suggest so during an interview with l’Avenier:

“I have a year left on my contract, no point creating a fuss. As to extending contract of leaving? Good question! Discussions are going slowly. I get that my case is not a priority, but since nothing has moved, the message seems pretty clear to me.”

Manchester United, meanwhile, have also been linked to Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Reece James, as they look to bring in someone to fill Antonio Valencia’s shoes.


FOX Sports Asia Probability Rating: 3/5; It’s almost a given that Manchester United move for a right back in the summer, given the circumstances they find themselves in. With Diego Dalot remaining the only one in that position, it makes sense for the Red Devils to go for someone with Meunier’s experience. However, it is too soon to say exactly which lead the Premier League giants will pursue with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Kieran Trippier, and Reece James all on their radar.