Illan Meslier is reportedly on his way to the Championship to replace Bailey Peacock-Farrell at Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United.
With Bailey Peacock-Farrell becoming the latest Leeds United player lured away from Elland Road by Burnley, the Championship title favourites have just over 24 hours remaining to snap up a new goalkeeper.
Leeds Live dropped a hint about their plans on Tuesday, claiming that The Whites were looking at an as-yet unnamed shot-stopper plying his trade in France. And now it seems his identify has been revealed.
According to Goal, 19-year-old Lorient ‘keeper Illan Meslier is the man in Leeds’ sights and a move to Elland Road could even be completed by the end of the day.
As is rather typical of a Victor Orta signings, Leeds fans will be flocking to Wikipedia in their droves with Meslier emerging as the number one target. The France U19 international is hardly a household name after all, having made just 23 senior appearances in league football.
But Orta has a promising track record when it comes to identifying and signing dazzling young talents, particularly Mateusz Bogusz, and Leeds fans should be confident that Meslier is more of a hit than a miss.
According to Goal, the teenage goalkeeper was a target for Chelsea and Monaco after forcing his way into the Lorient starting XI eight months ago.
Though, on the other hand, Meslier is a young and still unproven goalkeeper who has absolutely no experience in English football. Is he an upgrade on Peacock-Farrell? Only time will tell.