Pundit predicts head-turning offer for Illan Meslier to quit Leeds United amid 'ridiculous' Manchester United situation
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Paul Robinson can see why Manchester United would want to get rid of David De Gea next year and sign Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier to replace him.
Telegraph journalist Mike McGrath reported on Saturday (24 September) that Man United are considering letting De Gea leave next year as his contract is currently set to expire in 2023, although it does include an option to be extended.
Meslier, 22, was linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer transfer window.
According to Fabrizio Romano on 17 August, Leeds managed to fend off interest in the France Under-21s goalkeeper by saying that he was “untouchable”.
Robinson seems concerned that Meslier’s fine form at Leeds and rapid development means that he could be targetted by big clubs, including Man United, next year.
The former Leeds goalkeeper admits it would be a head-turning offer to play at Old Trafford but has warned Meslier that if he does leave Elland Road, it needs to be for the number one jersey.
“It’s huge. Absolutely ridiculous to see the players they’re paying the money to,” said Robinson of Manchester United’s wage bill to MOT Leeds News.
“I can understand why Man United would let De Gea go as his future there has been uncertain for some time and his wages are astronomical.”
“There are absolutely going to be big suitors who come for Meslier, there’ll be Champions League clubs who come for him as well.
“He’s done exceptionally well for a goalkeeper at such a young age and he’s only going to get better. It’s no fluke, he’s a goalkeeper of high quality.
“As long as Leeds United stay in the bottom half of the Premier League, there’ll be other clubs that look at him. There are Champions League clubs and clubs with the size and stature of Manchester United who’d of course turn Meslier’s head.
“He’s got to be very smart about when and if he moves and picks the time right.
“He shouldn’t go to a club to be a second-choice goalkeeper and wait his turn because he’s a ready-made number one and he’s proven he can do that.
“When his time does come, whether it’s Manchester United or another big club, it has to be the right move for him to go and play as a number one immediately.
“You don’t play as Leeds’ number one for so long and then take a backwards step to be a number two at a bigger club.
“Meslier’s time will come. He will get a big move, whether it’s Manchester United or a Champions League club.“
Meslier is only 22 but already has over 100 senior appearances in his career with 79 appearances in the Premier League to his name with Leeds.
In other Leeds United news, European newspapers are raving over the “animalistic’” performance of one Whites star on international duty.