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Meunier’s name keeps getting mentioned in conjunction with Everton

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Everton appeared destined to lose Idrissa Gueye to Paris St. Germain during the January transfer window, but the Blues were able to keep hold of the midfielder despite two bids from the French side.

Interestingly enough, one of the names mentioned during those negotiations was that of Thomas Meunier. The Belgian international has surprisingly shared the right back role this season with ageing veteran Dani Alves, but Meunier’s pedigree is indisputable.

The Blues have seen Seamus Coleman return from a horrific double-leg break but the senior Everton player has certainly lost a step and has looked at sea more than once this season. Jonjoe Kenny has deputized ably for the Republic of Ireland captain, but still has some way to go before being considered Premier League starting material.

In the meantime, the 27-year-old Meunier could be the perfect fit for the Toffees. French outlet Le10 Sport (via SportWitness) are reporting that the Blues are keeping a close eye on the fullback who will see his current contract with the French giants expire at the end of the 2019-20 season. There has been no talk of a contract extension as yet, and if PSG are still interested in Gueye this summer than it’s likely a deal will be worked out by Marcel Brands.

At 27, Meunier is not exactly the prototypical Marcel Brands target, but still has some miles on his legs as he hasn’t been starting regularly at PSG. He has 23 appearances for the French side this season, scoring four times and picking up five assists; since his move to PSG in 2016 he has played 93 times for the French side with 11 goals and 18 assists. Internationally for Belgium, he has 36 senior caps, with six goals and twelve assists.