By Joe Ellis

7th Jan, 2023 | 8:10am

Leeds United ready to ignore Illan Meslier January transfer bids - Dean Jones

Leeds United will not entertain bids for star goalkeeper Illan Meslier in this January transfer window, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The 22-year-old has been sensational between the sticks at Elland Road for a number of seasons and is starting to attract interest from big European clubs such as Chelsea and Bayern Munich [RMC Sport].

He has now played more than 100 times for the Whites since his 2019 move to Elland Road from Lorient, his place of birth, but it is looking more and more difficult for Leeds to keep him.

Jones believes that, in an ideal world, they would not be willing to even discuss any bids that come in for him in January but the performances on the field may determine the outcome.

“Depends how the season plays out, really. I mean, ideally, no. They won’t want to entertain any bids for Meslier because he’ll be difficult to replace, mainly,” Jones said to Give Me Sport.

Summer problem

With the standout performances he is putting in at Elland Road, it does seem only a matter of time until a European giant comes in and signs him but that is something Leeds United can worry about at the end of the season.

There is no way they could possibly replace such an important cog in their machine in the middle of a season and at least in the summer, they don’t have to keep playing games without a clear number one.

There seems to be plenty of shot-stoppers available every summer for clubs to sign as contracts come to an end and teams look to clear out players they don’t use.

If he were to leave now, Jesse Marsch would be left with Joel Robles and Kristoffer Klaesson to play and there would be no guarantees that a top goalkeeper would come in this month.

It is not worth risking the club’s Premier League safety just for a quick sale at this moment in time so any move has to be forgotten about and revisited once the dust has settled on the 2022-23 campaign.

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