CHELSEA are allegedly “prepared to out-bid their rivals” to sign Leeds United’s Illan Meslier.
The 23-year-old goalkeeper joined Leeds on a season-long loan from Lorient in 2019 – a move which became permanent the following year for around £5m.
He played just 11 times in their promotion-winning season from the Championship.
However, since then he has gone on to become their established No1 and hardly missed a game.
In fact, he has played every single minute for Leeds this term, including yesterday’s 4-2 win at Wolves.
The Elland Road side want to keep the Frenchman if they beat the drop but have placed an asking price of over £30m on his head amid mounting interest.
We have previously reported how Manchester United have been monitoring Meslier’s situation.
Newcastle are also believed to be keen on him while Chelsea were linked with a move for him in January.
The Blues have switched No1s this season, with Kepa Arrizabalaga reclaiming first choice status over Edouard Mendy.
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Mendy, 30, snubbed a new six-year contract over the salary offered – which did not rival Kepa’s.
The Senegal international has returned to full training this week after a lengthy time on the sidelines following surgery on his finger in January.
But his future at Stamford Bridge remains up in the air as he prepares for crunch talks with the club