FC Barcelona are planning to bolster their squad for the upcoming season. One of the main areas identified by the club for improvement is the right flank of the defense, and the club is looking at possible options to bring a natural right back to the team.
According to Mundo Deportivo, one of the latest names that has caught the attention of the Catalan club is Thomas Meunier. The report claims that the right-back believes his time at Borussia Dortmund has come to an end, and is looking for a new club this summer. He has also communicated his desire to leave Dortmund to the club’s hierarchy.
FC Barcelona had already tried to sign the Belgian last summer, and the player was willing to join the Blaugranes at that time. However, the Catalan club was unable to put in an offer acceptable to the German club, which resulted in the breakdown of the entire operation.
Now that he is looking to leave the German outfit, FC Barcelona have once again become attentive to his situation. However, the Catalans have not taken any active steps to negotiate with the club or the player, and are waiting to see how things develop in Germany before making any move.
Getting Meunier is an attractive option for the club, especially as his transfer would not be too expensive. The Belgian would provide Barcelona with a highly experienced fullback, who is also physically strong and balanced in offense and defense.
However, his advanced age is a cause of concern for some of the club’s coaches. The player is already 31 years old and is expected to decline in his key attributes as more time passes by. Anyway, even if the club signs the Belgian, it will only be as a stopgap arrangement, before a younger player can be found and incorporated at this position.