Bayern Munich eye Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier


Illan Meslier has enjoyed a record-breaking start to his Premier League career and now appears destined for a move to greener pastures.

Bayern Munich, Newcastle United and Chelsea are reportedly all interested in promising Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

Meslier, 22, arrived at Elland Road on loan as a 19-year-old in 2019 and forced his way into a starting role as they won the Championship and won promotion before the club made his £5m deal permanent.

He has since become the youngest goalkeeper to reach 50 Premier League appearances and the youngest goalkeeper to achieve 10 Premier League clean sheets, earning 11 caps for the France Under-21 side in the process.

His exploits – including a season-high nine saves in a 2-1 win against Liverpool in October – have caught the eye of some of Europe’s big spenders and Leeds could be forced into a tough decision sooner rather than later.

According to RMC Sport, Bayern view Meslier as a potential long-term successor to Manuel Neuer, although they need the reinforcements as soon as possible due to Neuer’s season-ending injury.

Leeds will be in the driver’s seat in negotiations, however, with Meslier’s contract tying him to the club until 2026.

Meanwhile, Chelsea and Newcastle have been impressed with his performances in the Premier League and would like to add him to their ranks.

It was reported two weeks ago by the Daily Mail that Eduoard Mendy had rejected a six-year contract extension from Chelsea, which would add fuel to this fire, while it is unclear how Newcastle view Nick Pope in their long-term plans.

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