Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing 22-year-old Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier.
According to a report from The Sun, Manchester United are keeping tabs on 22-year-old French goalkeeper Illan Meslier as a potential replacement for David De Gea. The 32-year-old Spaniard is expected to sign a new deal with Manchester United. But the two parties have not reached an agreement yet.
The highly-experienced goalkeeper earns around £375,000 per week at Old Trafford. But Manchester United will not offer him similar wages in case of an extension. De Gea will have to accept a considerable pay cut to stay at the club. And it remains to be seen whether the two parties can agree on reduced terms.
Apparently, the Premier League giants could offer around £250,000 per week to the Spanish goalkeeper. Meanwhile, the 22-year-old Leeds United goalkeeper has made a name for himself since moving to Elland Road and he is regarded as one of the best young short-stoppers around Europe right now.
The Frenchman has the potential to develop into a top-class keeper. And Erik ten Hag could help him develop and fulfil his potential. Manchester United need to plan for the future, especially with de Gea in his 30s. Meslier certainly seems like a quality prospect. And it remains to be seen whether Manchester United can convince Leeds to sell the player.
The opportunity to play for a club like Manchester United will be an attractive proposition for the young goalkeeper. And he could have his head turned by the interest from the Old Trafford outfit.
Leeds are currently fighting for their survival in the Premier League, whereas Manchester United are expected to finish in the Champions League position. And they have the opportunity to win a domestic trophy as well.
Meslier will probably be hoping for a new challenge, and he will want to test himself in the Champions league. A move to Manchester United would be a major step up in the player’s career. And it remains to be seen how the situation develops. The Red Devils might have to pay a premium in order to convince Leeds to sell a star player this summer.
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