Meunier: PSG rejected Chelsea's deadline day approach

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Chelsea made a last-ditch effort to sign Thomas Meunier on the final day of the summer transfer period, according to the Paris Saint-Germain defender.

Meunier revealed a move to Stamford Bridge never came to fruition because PSG preferred he stayed rather than having a depleted defensive unit without adequate time to find a replacement.

"The last day of the transfer period they (Chelsea) made an offer to Paris (Saint-Germain), but I know (the answer) was no," Meunier told Zinny Boswell from Sky Sports.

"The club didn't want to sell me because we have two right-backs with Dani Alves and myself, it was difficult to sell one of us.

"I didn't really think about it (joining Chelsea) because they called me in to tell me, 'You will not move, so don't think about Chelsea or any other club. You will stay in Paris and we are counting on you for the season'."

Instead, Chelsea turned its attention to Italy and added right-back Davide Zappacosta to its defensive ranks after Torino accepted the Premier League side's offer of €28 million plus bonuses.

Meanwhile, Meunier has been valuable for PSG after scoring three goals and setting up one assist during seven Ligue 1 appearances