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Fabrizio Romano discusses Leeds United man’s Chelsea interest as scouting missions emerge

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Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier is set to generate plenty of transfer interest ahead of the summer, with scouts frequently watching him this season.

Even with Leeds battling relegation this season, there are a host of players in the side that are more than capable of playing far higher in the footballing ladder.

One of those is goalkeeper Illan Meslier, who might have shown his inexperience with a handful of errors this season, but has remained a crucial part of why Leeds find themselves outside the bottom three heading into this international break.

Who are interested?

Three of the supposed ‘Big Six’ in the Premier League have been strongly linked with a move to sign the young French stopper recently.

Tottenham are looking to replace Hugo Lloris with a long-term investment, with The Athletic claiming they see Meslier as that man, while Alan Nixon reported of Manchester United’s interest as they aim to replace David de Gea. Chelsea are also said to be keen too, per Media Foot, who back up Old Trafford interest.

The ‘keeper signed a long-term contract at Leeds back in the summer of 2021, which keeps him at Elland Road until 2026.

What’s the latest?

Now, Fabrizio Romano is claiming that the goalkeeper is constantly being watched by the top clubs ahead of the summer.

He reveals that scouts are regularly in attendance to monitor the 23-year-old’s progress, as he just broke the Premier League record for the youngest goalkeeper to 100 appearances during Leeds’ 4-2 win away at Wolves.

In his Daily Briefing for CaughtOffside, Romano wrote:

“Links with someone like Illan Meslier and a top club like Chelsea are normal, he’s a very talented goalkeeper and many clubs have sent their scouts to follow him.

“But at the moment, Leeds want to keep things quiet and not to open any negotiation now. Chelsea are yet to make a decision on the goalkeepers’ situation.”

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It’s no shock that scouts will be watching him, as we already know who is interested and why they are in need of a new goalkeeper.

Meslier is still far from a perfect goalkeeper and still needs to iron out some of his decision making, but there is no denying we have an incredibly talented ‘keeper here.

Hopefully we can convince him to stay beyond the summer to continue his progress in the Premier League, which I think would be better for him anyway.

The pressure of playing for a Champions League club might be a lot for him right now.

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