Paris Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier has confirmed there was interest from Everton in the summer, but was happy to remain at his ‘special’ club.
The versatile Belgian was identified as a target, but a move never materialised with the Toffees eventually landing AS Monaco’s Djibril Sidibe on loan instead.
It isn’t known just how close Meunier came to signing for Everton, but the full-back has said he did have the chance to join Marco Silva’s side.
Speaking to HLN, he said: “I did not want to leave, because playing at PSG is special. You are part of a team that can win a European competition, that is not something many players can say.
“I could have signed with Everton – a good club. I would have played a lot, that’s for sure, and had a lot of fun too.
“But Everton doesn’t play in European competition.”
TBR’s view – Sidibe a fine alternative
Meunier would have been a great signing for Everton, but Sidibe is a very good alternative.
The World Cup winner has good versatility just like the PSG man, and has started to make an impression on the Everton fans after a fairly low key start.
The Frenchman has the potential to become a regular in the starting XI, and ease any potential regrets over the club’s failed pursuit of Meunier.