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Thomas Meunier signing a luxury for Paris Saint-Germain, not a necessity

Shortly after confirming Grzegorz Krychowiak's arrival last Sunday, Paris Saint-Germain revealed that they have also completed the signing of Thomas Meunier from Club Brugge.

The Belgium international arrives at Parc des Princes for a reported fee of around €7 million, and like his new teammate, he is now on holiday for the next few weeks after extended 2016 UEFA European Championship involvement in France this summer.

Since appointing Unai Emery as coach, the French champions have quickly gone about their business and have also welcomed Hatem Ben Arfa to the capital from OGC Nice in the past week as well as Krychowiak from UEFA Europa League champions Sevilla.

Although not as high profile as either the France or Poland internationals, the Belgian could prove to be equally as shrewd an addition as Emery tried to construct a squad capable of breaking into the semifinals of the Champions League after four consecutive quarterfinal finishes.

Immediately after Belgium's elimination from Euro 2016 following a 3-1 defeat to Wales in Lille, Meunier, 24, stated there was only a "30 percent chance" that he would join PSG, with Napoli and West Ham United also linked to him.

However, just days later, he was unveiled as Les Parisiens' fourth summer signing -- Giovani Lo Celso has been acquired by the Ligue 1 giants and loaned back to Rosario Central until December -- and replaces new Fenerbahce signing Gregory van der Wiel as the second senior right-back in the squad.

"I am very honoured to have been chosen by PSG to come and bolster a squad that already features a number of great players," Meunier revealed after completing his move. "I signed for Paris because I have a huge desire to keep improving, experience the highest level and win titles. I can't wait to play in the fantastic Parc des Princes stadium."

Meunier's arrival raises fresh questions over Serge Aurier's future in Paris. The Ivory Coast international has become a controversial figure of late, with an infamous Periscope session and an incident at a nightclub adding to his bad boy reputation.

Although PSG have insisted that they will stand by Aurier until he has appeared in front of a judge regarding the nightclub episode, the acquisition of an international talent like Meunier suggests that Emery has his own ideas about how he wants the defence to look in his debut season.

The man from Sainte-Ode is an attack-minded right-back, having been converted from a more attacking player into a full-back early on in his career. His largely impressive performances for Belgium at Euro 2016 suggest that he will push Aurier harder than Van der Wiel did in his final season in Paris.

Most surprising about PSG's decision to bring Meunier in, though, is the fact that they already have Youssouf Sabaly returning from a successful loan spell with FC Nantes.

Sabaly, 23, scored two goals and provided one assist in 28 Ligue 1 appearances for Les Canaris last season and proved that he was ready for a chance to be the second right-back in the champions' squad. As well as being a solid player in Le Championnat, Sabaly can play left- and right-back and is also a youth academy graduate.

Considering that he costs nothing to bring back, it would have been wise to at least give him the chance to prove himself in preseason. However, PSG have already decided to put Meunier into competition with Aurier and to have Maxwell and Layvin Kurzawa compete for the starting left-back role.

Sabaly is likely to be granted a transfer this summer if a team comes in for him, an opportunity he would be wise to take after the Belgian's arrival.

Meunier gives PSG greater strength in depth and is a higher quality right-back option than Van der Wiel was, but Sabaly would also have been a good option and would have saved the French giants a little money too.