Manchester United have reportedly been that impressed by the form of Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier over the past 18 months that they sent scouts to watch him in action against Manchester City on Tuesday night, which turned out to be unfortunate timing.
The Red Devils sent scout Tony Coton, a former England B stopper, to watch the France Under-21 star in action. Unfortunately for Meslier, Leeds were crushed 7-0 at the Etihad – although he was not really to blame for any of the goals and performed admirably to stop the scoreline hitting double figures.
The 21-year-old is in his third season at Elland Road. In that time he’s developed into one of Europe’s top young keepers under Marcelo Bielsa’s stewardship.
The report in the Daily Mail claims that United have been impressed by Meslier’s maturity. It’s also not the first time that they have sent scouts to watch the player.
Weirdly the rumours come at a time when the goalkeeping situation at Old Trafford is as strong as it’s been for some time.
David De Gea has firmly re-established himself as the club’s No. 1 with a fine return to form.
England stopper Dean Henderson and the experienced Tom Heaton are also the current back-up options.
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However, there are strong suggestions that Henderson could look to force a move, after playing second fiddle to De Gea all season.
That would leave an opening for a younger option to be signed. To that end, Meslier fits the profile of someone who could actually come in and eventually challenge the Spaniard for his position.
The Elland Road man has already played 44 times in the Premier League, despite his young age. But Leeds would fight tooth and nail to keep him and be loathed to sell to a bitter rival.
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