Jose Mourinho faces the task of convincing Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to sanction a deal for Paris Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier this summer, according to ESPN.
Yesterday we relayed a L’Equipe story claiming Mourinho has been in touch with Meunier’s representatives ahead of a possible free transfer to Spurs when the Belgian’s contract expires at the end of the season, whenever that may be.
And now, ESPN is reporting that Mourinho has spoken to Meunier personally to convince the right-back to ignore Borussia Dortmund’s advances and join Tottenham instead.
However, it is understood Mourinho must now convince Levy of Meunier’s credentials. ESPN believes Levy wants to bring the average age of the squad down, and Meunier turns 29 in September.
The 40-time Belgium international has plenty of experience which obviously appeals to Mourinho, who will be desperate to add more solidity to his defence for next season.
However, Levy probably wants to reduce the squad’s average age as older players are less valuable than their younger counterparts, and so their sell-on value is significantly inferior.
If Mourinho truly wants Meunier, hopefully he can convince the man in charge. But right now it looks like the deal has already hit a snag.