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Leeds United man touted for imminent exit as Manchester United and Chelsea circle

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Goalkeeper Illan Meslier could leave Leeds United as early as the January transfer window.

That’s according to a report from The Daily Express, who say that Manchester United and Chelsea are both interested in the 22-year-old.

Having completed a permanent move to Elland Road following Leeds’ promotion to the Premier League in the summer of 2020, Meslier has been the club’s first choice goalkeeper ever since.

That has seen the Frenchman establish himself as one of the best young goalkeepers in the top-flight, which has seen plenty of speculation around his future emerge.

Now it seems as though that could soon come to a head, with this latest update claiming there is a chance that Meslier could leave Leeds come the January transfer window.

It is suggested that both Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in the Frenchman, as they look for longer term potential replacements for David De Gea and Edouard Mendy respectively.

The report also states that the fact Meslier has missed out on a place in France’s World Cup squad, has given those sides hope that he could be available for less then might otherwise have been the case.

It would feel like something of a surprise if Meslier was to leave Leeds in January.

While the interest in him is understandable, the Frenchman’s contract at Elland Road is still set to run until the end of the 2025/26 season, so there is no pressure on the club to sell him in January.

As a result, it is hard to see Leeds being willing to let such an important player go for any price at the turn of the year, when there will not be a great deal of time to source a replacement for him.

Even so, it seems this speculation around Meslier is never going to go away, meaning the club must ensure they know exactly who to target, should they ever need to bring in an alternative for him.

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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.