Man United have identified Illan Meslier as the long-term replacement for David de Gea.
Manchester United Football Club have been in safe hands for a decade now, with David de Gea consistently proving himself as one of the best in the business.
The superstar Spaniard, who is up for contract renewal at United, will likely be asked to take a pay cut this time around.
However, long-term plans are in place to eventually move on from the Spaniard and presumably bring someone in who is a better fit for the Erik ten Hag style of play. Enter, Illan Meslier.
It’s The Sun with the story, who claim that United are ‘already looking at’ the 22-year-old Leeds United goalkeeper as the long-term replacement for De Gea.
United want to line up the man to succeed De Gea, despite the fact that contract talks are taking place with the Spaniard.
It’s stated United are willing to wait until there is a starting place on offer for Meslier, though the situation could get complex this summer, particularly if Leeds United are relegated.
If that’s the case, the Reds would have to move swiftly to sign Meslier, stopping the Frenchman from possibly moving to a direct rival.
Leeds are currently in the bottom three as things stand, though it’s tight down there at the moment and they do have a talented squad.
He’s a good shot-stopper who’d be a vital asset to any side that likes to play out from the back, though I’d suspect Leeds United would prefer to sell to any other club in the world before they sell a player to the Old Trafford club.
There’s also the Dean Henderson factor to consider. Who knows where he’ll be playing his football next term…
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