By Daniel Feliciano

11th Sep, 2022 | 8:10pm

Illan Meslier has earned star status at Leeds United, club must demand £40m+ to sell

Leeds United are in a strange position with their squad where they’re looking to figure out who the stars of the team are following Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips’ departures.

The Whites made over £100m from the sale of the Brazilian to Barcelona and the Yorkshireman to Manchester City, and that helped them to bring in eight players during the summer transfer window.

Players such as Rodrigo, Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison are seen as key players under Jesse Marsch, but someone who hasn’t lost their place in the squad since he took the chance as a first-team player is Illan Meslier.

The French Under-21 international has racked up 95 appearances for Leeds since his debut in the 2019/20 season in the Championship [Transfermarkt], and is now being targeted by the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

Those sorts of transfer links, mixed in with his stellar performances have surely earned him star status at Elland Road these days.

It was reported that Leeds had reportedly set a £25m asking price for the 6ft 5′ shot stopper, but for a player whose reputation has only grown since he came up to the Premier League and showed off his skillset, that seems remarkably low.

Phillips was a £45m sale with one year left on his contract to a Champions League club, while Raphinha was £65m with two years left.

Meslier has got a deal that runs until 2026 currently and as a goalkeeper playing regularly is the most important thing, especially as he looks to break into the senior national team and improve as a player.

With all that in mind, plus the fact that attacking players almost always are more expensive than goalkeepers, Leeds should be looking for in the region of £40m+ to let him leave.

Leeds will know that he won’t spend his entire career at Elland Road. Realistically he is too good for that and the club’s model is to buy cheap and sell high when players begin to blossom.

They can achieve that once again, arguably as soon as this coming summer, with several top clubs potentially looking to refresh their goalkeeping department in the near future.

Leeds will get a huge fee for a goalkeeper who isn’t quite the finished product, and can continue to pluck the finest youth products around to continue their model while the player steps up a level.

Anything less will be considered a bargain quite simply and Leeds would be selling themselves short.

In other Leeds news, Jesse Marsch has a chance to reset the Leeds team following unexpected developments