Thomas Meunier has now revealed how close he was to signing for Tottenham Hotspur before joining Borussia Dortmund instead.
The Lowdown: Contract run down
There would not have been a shortage of interested suitors when Meunier decided to run his contract down at Paris Saint Germain back in the 2019 summer transfer window, and he ended up signing for Dortmund on a free a year later.
Valued at £21.6m at the time, it was certainly a bargain for the German outfit.
Should Tottenham have signed Meunier?
He has since gone on to win the German Cup with the Bundesliga giants, after achieving so many accolades at PSG (Transfermarkt).
The Latest: Tottenham revelation
As per AS, Meunier has now revealed that he could have gone to Spurs instead of Dortmund, among a couple of European heavyweights in Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan:
“I was able to go to other teams like Atletico, Tottenham or Inter, but in Dortmund the atmosphere is special. I live football with passion. Here in Dortmund you live the games in a very special way and that brought me here. It’s extraordinary.”
The Verdict: Shame
It is certainly a shame that the Lilywhites missed out on signing Meunier, especially on a free.
It seems they have only now solved their right-back situation by bringing in Emerson Royal from FC Barcelona, but Meunier would have been a perfect fit when also considering the business sense behind getting a £20m player for nothing.
Recently likened to David Beckham for his crossing ability by his Dortmund teammate Jude Bellingham, the Belgium international has a knack for an assist, with three already in four games in total over all competitions so far this season (Transfermarkt).
Nonetheless, to not pay a penny in transfer fees for a player of his calibre would have represented great business by Daniel Levy, especially in the midst of the pandemic.
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