Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur ‘competing’ to sign Leeds United star

Leeds will play Manchester City in their next Premier League match on December 28. The FIFA World Cup finals in Qatar are still ongoing.

Leeds United is expected to make significant moves in the January transfer window, which is still more than a month away but follows only two more rounds of Premier League action.

The Whites are rumored to be looking for reinforcements, especially in the attack, where PSV Eindhoven and Netherlands attacker Cody Gakpo is thought to be one target. However, as clubs monitor some of the standouts at Elland Road this season, it will not only be a case of bringing in new players but also of keeping current stars.

Reports have already suggested that Newcastle United could rekindle their interest in Jack Harrison after failing to strike a deal for the winger in the summer and now it looks like more of Leeds’ Premier League rivals could look to swoop for another key figure at the Yorkshire club. According to a report from HITC, which references the Si & Dan Talk Chelsea podcast, both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are keen to sign goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

Spurs had previously been linked with the French stopper, looking for a long-term replacement to club captain Hugo Lloris who will turn 36 years old next month. However, the news that the Blues are also keen on Meslier comes as more of a surprise with Graham Potter already having £70 million signing Kepa Arrizabalaga and first-choice stopper and Senegal international Édouard Mendy to choose between.

Meslier originally joined Leeds on a season-long loan from French club Lorient during the EFL Championship-winning 2019/20 season. After establishing himself as first choice stopper under Marcelo Bielsa the Whites made the move permanent for a fee reportedly around £5 million. The Frenchman, who has been capped at the Under 21 level, has started 15 games for Leeds this season but has managed just two clean sheets so far.

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