Illan Meslier is likely to continue his tenure as number one at Leeds United despite Manchester United‘s interest in the player. According to Fabrizio Romano, the Whites have “no intention to negotiate” over the Frenchman, who is a key part of the Elland Road project.
Illan Meslier is ‘Untouchable’
Leeds have no intention to negotiate with Man United for Illan Meslier. The French goalkeeper is now considered ‘untouchable’ and key part of the project. 🚨⚪️ #LUFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 17, 2022
Why is He So Important to Leeds United?
The French goalkeeper is one of the cornerstones of Jesse Marsch’s side, and arguably the first name on the team sheet. Despite the goalkeeper’s youth, the player is in the top 50 goalkeepers in Premier League history for saves made. His long limbs and incredible agility make him an ideal shot-stopper for the Yorkshire club.
The Peacocks’ starting goalkeeper is also essential thanks to a relative lack of depth. Previously, Marcelo Bielsa’s preference for a young squad meant that the 22-year-old was the oldest goalkeeper the Thorp Arch outfit had. Despite the recent purchase of Joel Robles, Leeds United remain relatively thin in that position.
Why are Manchester United Interested?
The young Frenchman is ideal for Erik ten Hag’s footballing style. He passes the ball incredibly well and is good under pressure. David de Gea, the Red Devils’ current keeper, is relatively weak in these areas. Acquiring Meslier provides the Dutchman with an option that better suits his tactical style.
Importantly, the France U21 international has youth on his side. The Old Trafford hierarchy needs a project. A long-term transformation requires long-term options. The youth Meslier brings is an ideal foundation going through vast changes.
What Are the Alternatives to Illan Meslier?
One interesting prospect for Manchester United is Yan Sommer. The player is currently weighing up a contract offer from Borussia Monchengladbach. The Swiss goalkeeper is an older option than Meslier and indicates that the club could consider him as a short-term backup for David de Gea.