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2 reasons why Leeds United cannot consider player sale amid Chelsea, Tottenham & Man United interest

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Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier once again looks set to be the subject of much speculation during the January transfer window.

With the Frenchman continuing to impress for the top-flight for the Elland Road, club there appears to be plenty of interest developing in his services.

The likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham have all been linked with Meslier recently, as they look for their own longer term options between the posts.

However, his importance to the side means you feel the Whites can ill afford to lose their first choice ‘keeper any time soon.

So with that in mind, we’ve taken a look at two reasons why Leeds should not be selling Meslier under any circumstances in January, right here.

Sending out a message

As things stand, Meslier is contracted to Leeds until the summer of 2026, so the club ought to be under no pressure to sell him anytime soon.

However, those interested clubs all have the finances available to make a big offer for the goalkeeper, which could give Leeds something to think about.

But with the club having come in for some scrutiny for not fully investing during the summer transfer window on a senior striker in particular, standing firm here by knocking back any interest in Meslier, would at least show the club are willing to take certain steps to back Jesse Marsch in terms of his options on the pitch, and that they will not be financially outmuscled by the so-called big teams in the league.

A lack of time to find a relacement

There can be no denying that if Leeds were to sell Meslier in January, they would have to find a replacement for him to be first choice between the posts at Elland Road.

However, with the window open for just a single month in January, and the fact that negotiations with any of those clubs over a sale unlikely to be done quickly, that could potentially leave Leeds with very little time to source a replacement for the 22-year-old.

That could make it difficult for them to make the correct decision over who is the right man to bring when under pressure for time, which could in turn cause plenty of problems they need to avoid on the pitch, given their current position in the Premier League table.

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UCLan Sports Journalism graduate. Have been working for Leeds All Over since summer 2020, and can only be found writing on Football League World.