Leeds: Illan Meslier interest ‘registered’ by Chelsea
Chelsea have reportedly ‘registered an interest’ in signing Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier.
The Lowdown: Klich departs
The Whites have already brought in one player during the January window in Max Wober and have allowed one to depart in Mateusz Klich. The 32-year-old sealed an emotional Elland Road exit on Wednesday and is now set for a move to the MLS to join Wayne Rooney’s DC United.
Another first-team exit from Leeds could well be on the cards in 2023, with Meslier attracting interest from Chelsea, who are owned by billionaire Todd Boehly and were ranked as the eighth-richest football club in the world by Deloitte in 2022.
The Latest: Meslier interest from Chelsea
Get Football France News relayed an update regarding Meslier on Twitter in the last 48 hours.
They claimed that Chelsea have ‘registered an interest’ in signing the Frenchman, while other recent reports have suggested that Bayern Munich and Newcastle United are also keen on the shot-stopper.
The Verdict: No pressure to sell
Meslier has been a virtual ever-present figure for Leeds since their return to the Premier League, making 89 appearances in the top flight.
The Frenchman is still just 22 years of age, has been hailed as ‘top class‘ by Phil Hay and already ranks 44th in the all-time Premier League saves list in just his third season at that level. He is also under contract in Yorkshire until 2026, so Leeds are under no pressure to sell.
Chelsea have the financial power to submit a big bid, though, so it will be interesting to see what Leeds would do if they receive a large offer for Meslier at some point this year.