Man United Plotting To Sign Goalkeeper From Rival Premier League Club, He's Been Called 'Best Young 'Keeper In Country'
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Manchester United are reportedly preparing to raid Leeds United in a bid to sign Illan Meslier amid uncertainty surrounding Dean Henderson’s Old Trafford future.
Henderson, who is under contract until 2025, has been battling for minutes at Old Trafford after playing second fiddle to United No 1 David de Gea.
The 24-year-old United shot-stopper has been linked with a loan move away in January, with Ajax and Newcastle both interested in securing Henderson’s services.
United have now identified Meslier as a top transfer target if Henderson makes his permanent exit from the Premier League club.
The Daily Mail reports that United believe the 21-year-old Frenchman is the ‘best young ‘keeper in the country.’
Goalkeeping scout Tony Coton travelled to the Etihad on Tuesday to watch Meslier in action for Leeds against Manchester City.
However, the Leeds No 1 was beaten a whopping seven times while between the sticks in City’s drubbing win over Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
United chief scout Jim Lawlor has also been keeping tabs on Meslier ahead of the Red Devils making a move for the Leeds star.
Meslier has impressed under Leeds boss Bielsa and made 20 appearances this season across all competitions, with the France Under-21 international keeping four clean sheets.
The United target inked a new deal with Leeds in August and is under contract until 2026, but the Red Devils remain undeterred in their pursuit of Meslier.
De Gea, who has entered into his 11th season at United, remains the club’s first-choice pick and has been in superb form for his side this season.
The 31-year-old Spaniard has claimed that he is in “one of the best shapes of my career” and still sees his long-term future at Old Trafford.
“It’s been a long time [at United] but, hopefully, there are more years to come and more trophies to come,” De Gea said.
“More good moments to live. So what can I say? I’m massively proud of what I did for this club and to play for this badge.
“It’s amazing. I feel maybe in one of the best shapes of my career. I feel very well. Maybe some people think I’m older because I’ve been in the game for many, many years but I am still young for a goalkeeper. I’m still learning every day, giving 100 per cent in training.
“I’ve been here for good moments and bad moments. You have to put your face out there in the good and bad moments. I’ve been here a long time, I am one of the most experienced players here.
“In bad moments, I feel I have to be here to show we are here, we are together, we are a team and to try to help the young lads and the people here, to make us stronger.”
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