Leeds United will need to pay £5 million to land young goalkeeper Illan Meslier on a permanent deal in the summer, according to Ouest France via Sport Witness.
The report suggests that if Leeds were to win promotion and Meslier makes 10 appearances in Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team, then the Whites would be obliged to sign him permanently.
The Frenchman arrived on loan from Lorient prior to the 2019/20 campaign but is yet to start a first-team game for the Whites in the Championship.
Meslier did keep goal during a 1-0 defeat against Arsenal in the FA Cup but he has been forced to deputise for Kiko Casilla during the club’s league campaign.
Whether Meslier makes 10 appearances could depend on the outcome of an FA investigation hanging over Casilla. The Spaniard will discover his fate by the end of next week regarding alleged racist abuse (Leeds Live).
Leeds are currently second in the Championship, three points clear of third-place Fulham. The Whites have 13 matches left and if Casilla is forced to serve a ban, Meslier will almost certainly get to 10 appearances.
The 19-year-old has proved his worth with the club’s under-23 outfit. He has produced several eyecatching performances and has been a bit of an expert when it comes to stopping penalties.
Meslier was clearly signed as one for the future and £5 million doesn’t really sound a lot in the modern era.
If Leeds get promoted they will tie down a very talented performer who could become a regular for years to come.
Meslier has two good feet, commands his box well and is decent at taking the ball out of the sky. Some Leeds fans are of the opinion that even now he is a better, more reliable option than Casilla between the posts.
Leeds will surely hope to get this deal done to avoid other clubs sniffing around and at £5 million, Meslier could become an absolute steal.