Thomas Meunier did not receive a contract extension from Paris Saint-Germain that was up to his standards, so he agreed to a new deal with Borussia Dortmund and will leave the French capital after June 30.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) June 25, 2020
This transaction isn’t a clear cut as it would be in previous seasons due to the coronavirus. With the UEFA Champions League set to resume in August, Meunier had the option to agree to a two-month contract extension to finish what he started with his PSG teammates.
Last Sunday, the CEO of Dortmund, Hans-Joachim Watzki, stated on the Sport-Doppelpass show (via L’Equipe) that Meunier was still undecided whether or not he wanted to remain at PSG and compete in the Champions League before joining his new team.
Watzki went on to clarify that Dortmund would need to come to some kind of financial agreement with PSG to allow their player to suit up for a club he’s no longer technically part of and to cover them in case of injury.
As Le Parisien details, it’s hard to believe that PSG would agree to anything with Dortmund when it comes to Meunier.
Essentially, Meunier is looking for an increase of salary to compete with PSG over the next two months because he’s now making more with Dortmund. PSG would also have to pay the German side a loan fee for two months.
The thought of PSG paying more for Meunier to a team they knocked out of the Champions League seems very unlikely. In the Belgian’s place will be Thilo Kehrer barring injury. Considering his improved physique and performance against Dortmund at the Parc des Princes last March, I think he’s more than a suitable option.
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