Leeds United are reportedly planning to complete a £6million move for Whites on-loan goalkeeper Illan Meslier if they seal promotion to the Premier League, according to The Mirror.
The 20-year-old joined the Elland Road outfit last summer from French side Lorient and, after initially biding his time, was handed his debut in the FA Cup third-round clash against Arsenal in January.
Even though Leeds lost, Meslier’s performance against the Gunners was impressive, his distribution and composure on point as he made several saves, and couldn’t be faulted for the opposition’s winner.
Since then, Meslier has stepped up to the plate in the absence of Kiko Casilla, keeping clean sheets against Hull and Huddersfield in the Championship and helping Leeds to top spot in the table before the league’s suspension.
According to The Mirror, Leeds have decided that they’ll activate Meslier’s buyout clause – the aforementioned £6million – if they go up, the outlet also reporting that Marcelo Bielsa deems him “one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe”.
In football, they say if you’re good enough, you’re old enough – and in his three senior games thus far, Meslier has shown he is certainly good enough.
Impressing against one of England’s top teams in the FA Cup and then claiming two clean sheets in a row in two high-pressure Championship games is a superb start.
Should Leeds succeed in earning promotion, then £6million for such a high-calibre goalkeeper with so much more potential surely constitutes a bargain.