Barcelona keeping tabs on Belgium international after impressive World Cup showing

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Barcelona have arguably found the right-back slot problematic ever since Dani Alves left the club in 2016, but they could reportedly have a solution in mind.

From Sergi Roberto showing his versatility to fill in or summer signing Nelson Semedo not quite convincing, many have tried to fill the void but have been unsuccessful over an extended period of time.

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In turn, Sport claim that the Catalan giants could set their sights on Paris Saint-Germain and Belgium right-back Thomas Meunier, who is coming off the back of a very impressive World Cup showing.

Despite struggling to establish himself as a regular starter at PSG last season, with Alves in fact pushing him out of the side there, he emerged as one of the most important figures in Roberto Martinez’s side in Russia as his defensive solidity and attacking threat down the right wing was crucial.

With that in mind, it’s easy to see why he would attract attention from Barcelona, and so if his struggle to secure regular minutes continues and he perhaps seeks an exit from the Ligue 1 champions, Barca could be poised to swoop, as per the report.

A knock-on effect of signing a right-back capable of holding that position down next season would be that it frees up Sergi Roberto to play in his more natural position in midfield, giving Ernesto Valverde another option in that department.

In turn, it seems to make sense to swoop for the Belgian ace, but it remains to be seen whether or not new PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has plans to use him more next season, especially after watching his impressive performances at the World Cup.

With Alves set to turn 36 next year, PSG would also arguably be wise to consider the long-term future, with Meunier, 26, still having a significant part of his career ahead of him.

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