PSG star confirm transfer talks as Unai Emery continue to push for his signing

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PSG defender Thomas Meunier has admitted that he has held talks with a dozen interested clubs since January amid speculation linking him to both Arsenal and Manchester United this summer.

The 27-year-old has been linked with a £22m move away from PSG where he has spent the past three seasons with the Premier League tipped to be his next destination.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who worked alongside Meunier during two seasons in the French capital, is particularly keen to sign the Belgian having encountered problems at right-back last season.

Meunier has been coy over his future in recent weeks and hinted that he could leave PSG next summer on a free transfer should the club fail to receive a substantial bid for his services in the current transfer window.

‘It’s something that could suit me,’ Meunier told Le Parisien when asked whether he could leave at the end of his contract next summer.

‘I don’t think the club would make a lot of money from me, actually. I have a market value, but I’m a defender, I play one game out of three and I’m turning 28.

‘It’s not like Adrien [Rabiot], who is worth €50m.’

Although Arsenal and United appear to be the frontrunners to sign Meunier should he depart PSG, he insisted that a number of clubs have made contact over signing him.

Meunier added: ‘There have been phone calls since January with interested clubs. There are a dozen clubs, all of which are in the top five of their leagues.’

Although Meunier was not a guaranteed starter for Thomas Tuchel last season, he still made 31 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals and registering four assists.

Emery is keen to sign Meunier to provide competition for Hector Bellerin while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has earmarked him as a possible successor to the departing Antonio Valencia.

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