Leeds United may be resigned to losing Illan Meslier amid transfer interest from Tottenham Hotspur
Leeds United could be facing a tough battle to keep Illan Meslier at the club beyond the summer, given Tottenham Hotspur’s interest in him.
Andrea Radrizzani was seen talking to Spurs’ director Fabio Paratici ahead of the weekend clash that ended 4-3 in favour of the London club.
While there are no reports confirming the nature of their talks, they could have been talking about Meslier and even if they weren’t, the chances of the Frenchman leaving could be high, especially if Spurs make a big-money move.
Via Twitter, LeedsLive journalist Beren Cross shared the picture and wrote, “Andrea Radrizzani in conversation with Spurs managing director Fabio Paratici pitchside.”
Back in September 2022, Athletic journalist Phil Hay claimed that Meslier is the highest-priced asset at Elland Road after the sales of Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips.
He even said that Spurs are likely to be looking at a succession plan for Hugo Lloris and the Leeds keeper is one they’ve kept tabs on.
One thing is for certain, Meslier is going to demand a lot of attention in the coming 18-24 months, especially if he goes on to make his France debut, which is not unrealistic to expect as of now.
Leeds have long talked about moving away from being a selling club but under Radrizzani they can only spend big if they make decent money in sales.
Last summer, they struggled to get any major sales done and Marcelo Bielsa was not backed in the market.
This time around, Phillips and Raphinha going for big money meant that Jesse Marsch was given the desired players that he wanted.
If a big offer comes on the table for the 22-year-old, discussions will be had internally and if the player wants out, that would mean the club being compelled into accepting a bid that meets their valuation.
A new deal would ease fears among the Leeds faithful but another relegation battle could see the Frenchman look to move to a club that can offer him Champions League football and bigger wages.
In other Leeds United news, a first-team defender may not have long left at Elland Road after “Awful” footage emerges from last week, making a January transfer imperative.