Arsenal suffer blow in pursuit of 27-year-old PSG defender

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PSG defender Thomas Meunier has sparked plenty of transfer speculation of late, with Unai Emery’s Arsenal said to be among his potential suitors, but the Belgian isn’t planning on leaving the Parisians any time soon.

The 27-year-old defender has entered the final 12 months of his current contract at Parc des Princes.

There has been no suggestion that his contract will be extended, however, with Thomas heading towards free agency as a result.

He’s refusing to rule out the prospect of earning a new deal with the Ligue 1 champions but concedes that his current situation has become complicated.

It was expected that a transfer would be made during the summer market, given the uncertainty which surrounds the player, but Meunier opted to remain with the club and fight for his place.

Veteran Brazil international Dani Alves has departed Paris Saint-Germain, freeing up a regular role at the right-back position.

It could be that more interest is shown in the Belgian star over the winter, but he has moved to warn any teams planning an approach that he has no plans to be on the move in January.

Meunier told RTBF: “I have already spoken with the coach. We are aware that this year will be complicated.”

“But I have always thought that leaving in the middle of the year is a bad idea because I think that the clubs which do business in January are clubs that, for me, act in haste.”

“I have the impression when transfers are done in January that they are not thought out but rather a question of necessity. ”

“So for me a transfer in January is a no, even if I spend the first few months on the bench.”

Meunier joined the Parisians from Club Brugge back in 2016 and has taken in over 100 matches for the French giants, helping his side to two Ligue 1 titles.