By Daniel Feliciano

4th Jan, 2023 | 12:10pm

Newcastle United and Bayern Munich want to sign Leeds United star Illan Meslier

Newcastle United and Bayern Munich have joined the race to sign Leeds star Illan Meslier in January, according to a report by RMC Sport.

The France youth international has established himself as one of the best young goalkeepers in the world since moving to Elland Road, and has racked up over 100 appearances for the Whites.

His form this season has seen the 22-year-old linked with a move to Manchester United and Chelsea in recent months, but now the Magpies and Bundesliga champions have also joined the list of clubs enticed by him.

“The performances of the French goalkeeper are followed by several teams and he could become one of the agitators of the winter transfer window,” they wrote (3 January).

“Bayern Munich, which is looking for a replacement for Manuel Neuer (injured until the end of the season), is interested in his profile.

“Newcastle are also following him very closely to attract a player who has the record number of saves in a match this season (9 against Liverpool on October 29).”

Inevitable

It seems like an inevitable transfer that is going to happen soon at Leeds, but the club have to battle hard to keep hold of Meslier for as long as possible.

The Frenchman is on the verge of breaking into the senior national team with his current form, and it’s only right that he would be keen on stepping up and playing Champions League football.

But he is tied to a contract until 2026 at Elland Road and Leeds are under no pressure to sell him, especially in mid-season, so it would have to be an astronomical offer to tempt us.

In the summer it’s potentially something to look at more closely, because a lot of the top teams are seemingly in the market for new goalkeepers and it would be a surprise if they didn’t take a liking to Meslier considering his skillset.

With that said though, just like with Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips, the deal has to suit us most first and foremost and Meslier has no reason to push for a move, so we have all the leverage.

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